Number of Maine ballot questions for 2010 slightly above average
By Bailey Ludlam
AUGUSTA, Maine: Maine voters will have seen a total of 8 ballot questions come this November 2nd. Five have already appeared on the June 8 ballot. Four measures covered bond issues, while one addressed taxes. All were approved. However, voters will once again cast their votes this November on three questions. Like most Maine ballots, two will address bond issues while one calls for a casino in Oxford, Maine.
Historical research for the past decade, not including 2010, reveals that Maine voters usually only see an average of 4 questions on an even-numbered election year. On the other hand, voters face a higher number of questions in odd-numbered years; an average of 7.2 questions. Since 2000, voters haven't seen more than 6 questions in an even-numbered year.
Certified questions for Maine's 2010 ballots:
|VR||Question 1||Taxes||Repeals 2009 income tax reform, broadening of the base of sales tax and amending of the Circuit Breaker Program|
|BI||Question 2||Bonds||Issues $26.5 million in bonds to fund energy efficiency bonds for weatherization and energy efficiency projects|
|BI||Question 3||Bonds||Issues $57.8 million in bonds to create jobs through highway projects, harbor and energy projects|
|BI||Question 4||Bonds||Issues $23.75 million in bonds to provide for economic development and job creation|
|BI||Question 5||Bonds||Issues $10.25 million in bonds to fund water quality improvements|
|IndISS||Question 1||Gambling||Authorizes the Gambling Control Board to license a casino at a single site in Oxford County|
|BI||Question 2||Bonds||Issues $5 million in bonds to increase access to dental care|
|BI||Question 3||Bonds||Issues $9.75 million in bonds to invest in land conservation, working waterfront preservation and preservation of state parks|