Election aftermath: Maine voters say no to gambling, yes to redistricting and same-day voting
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.
|VR||Question 1||Elections and campaigns||Would overturn a law dealing with same-day voting registration.|
|IndISS||Question 2||Gambling||Amend laws governing deadline for approval of second racino and allow another tribal racino.|
|IndISS||Question 3||Gambling||Regarding establishing a slot machine facility.|
|Question 4||Redistricting||Would change the years of redistricting the Maine Legislature.|
- Laws governing the initiative process in Maine
- Maine 2011 ballot measures
- List of Maine ballot measures