Maine Voting Machines, Amendment No. 3 (1935)

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The Maine Voting Machines Referendum, also known as Amendment No. 3, was on the September 9, 1935 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure allowed for the use of voting machines, so long as they did not violate the right to secret voting.[2] This amended Section 5 of Article II of the Maine Constitution.[3]

Election results

Maine Amendment No. 3 (1935)
Approveda Yes 17,855 61.89%

Election results via: Main State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article II, Section 5

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]


"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the legislature authorizing the use of voting machines in elections?"

By Chapter 110 of the Resolves of 1935, it is proposed to further amend Article II of the Constitution, by adding thereto the following section:

'Sec. 5. Voting machines, or other mechanical devices for voting, may be used at all elections under such regulations as may be prescribed by law; provided, however, the right of secret voting shall be preserved.' [4]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.

Similar measures

The use of voting machines was previously voted upon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment and defeated in 1933.

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