Signature requirements for ballot measures in Maine

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Maine statewide ballot measures come in five different varieties.

Signature requirements

The signature requirements as follows: The required number of valid signatures for both statewide initiatives and referendums are the same. It is tied to the number of votes cast for the office of the Governor of Maine in the most recent gubernatorial election. Gubernatorial elections are held in Maine every four years. The requirement is 10% of the total votes cast for governor (excluding blanks) in the most recent election (2010) as established in Article 4, Part Third, Section 18, sub-section 2 of the Maine Constitution.[1][2]

Year Initiated statute Veto referendum
2014 57,277 57,277
2013 57,277 57,277
2012 57,277 57,277
2011 57,277 57,277
2010 55,087 55,087
2008 55,087 55,087

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part 3, Section 18

Basis for calculation

In the state's 2010 gubernatorial election, 572,766 votes were cast, versus the 550,870 votes that were cast in the state's 2006 gubernatorial election.[3] The number of required signatures will change again after the state's 2014 gubernatorial election.

Filing deadlines

Ballot initiatives

The deadline for filing initiative and referenda signatures was changed in 2006 when Maine Initiative Petition Deadlines Amendment (2006) was approved and added to the Maine Constitution.

According to Article 4, Part Third, Section 18, sub-section 2, the filing deadlines for initiatives are:

  • First Regular Session: By 5:00 p.m. on or before the 50th day after the convening of the Legislature. The first regular session convenes on the first Wednesday of December following the General Election.
  • Second Regular Session: By 5:00 p.m. on or before the 25th day after the convening of the Legislature. The second regular session convenes on the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday in January in the even-numbered year following the General Election. For 2011, the deadline was January 20, 2011[4].

Although petition sponsors have eighteen months from the time they are authorized to circulate, the above deadlines are their absolute deadline for a given election period. Also, signatures lose their validity if they are dated more than one year prior to the date the petition is officially filed with the Maine Secretary of State.

2014

See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2014

The filing deadline for initiative petitions for the November 4, 2014 ballot was February 3, 2014.[5]

2012

The filing deadline for initiative petitions for the November 6, 2012 ballot was January 30, 2012.[6]

2011

The filing deadline for initiative petitions for the November 8, 2011 ballot was January 20, 2011.

Referenda

The filing deadline for a people's veto referendum petition is by 5 p.m. on the 90th day after adjournment of the legislative session at which the Act was passed.

See also

2012

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