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Election aftermath: Maine voters say no to gambling, yes to redistricting and same-day voting

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November 8, 2011

Maine

By Al Ortiz

AUGUSTA, Maine: All is almost said and done for ballot measures in the state of Maine. Reports out of the state have deemed two measures defeated and two measures approved, with more than half of the 600 precincts reporting.

The two defeated measures turned out to be Questions 2 and 3, the two gambling measures placed on the ballot by citizen initiatives. Question 2, which was losing with 56% of voters opposing it as of 11:15 EST, would amend laws governing the deadline for approval of a second racino in the state and allow another tribal racino in Washington County. Question 3 dealt with establishing a slot machine facility in the state. It was categorized as rejected with 436 precincts reporting, and only 36% of supporting votes.

The two triumphant measures were Questions 1 and 4. Question 1 was a veto referendum that will now overturn a same-day election registration repeal signed by the governor on June 21, 2011, winning by a 3 to 2 margin.

The biggest surprise was Question 4, which was close all throughout election night with results no more than 5 percentage points apart. The redistricting measure was met with little resistance in legislative session when it was sent to the ballot, and no official arguments either for or against the proposal were submitted for the state official voter guide.

Unofficial election results will be updated here. Final numbers will be reported by November 9, 2011.

Measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Question 1 Elections and campaigns Would overturn a law dealing with same-day voting registration. Approveda
IndISS Question 2 Gambling Amend laws governing deadline for approval of second racino and allow another tribal racino. Defeatedd
IndISS Question 3 Gambling Regarding establishing a slot machine facility. Defeatedd
LRCA Question 4 Redistricting Would change the years of redistricting the Maine Legislature. Approveda

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