Maine 1940 ballot measures
- Two of measures were veto referendums.
- The veto referendums were approved.
- The remaining four measures were local control of alcohol measures.
On the ballot
|VR||Question No. 5||Elections||Changes nominating process in the city of Biddeford's elections||
|VR||Question No. 6||Law Enforcement||Creates Biddeford Police Commission||
Local control of liquor sales
In 1935, the State Legislature put into the Public Laws for that year Chapter 157, which set out a system for local option voting on the sale of liquor. The chapter stated that the sale of liquor was lawful in any city or town in the state that had voted to repeal the 26th amendment to the constitution in 1934 until January 1, 1937. The aldermen of cities, the selectmen of towns and the assessors of plantations were empowered by this chapter to put to a vote on the following three questions at the regular biennial meetings for the election of senators and representatives:
- Shall state stores for the sale of liquor be operated by permission of the state liquor commission in this city or town?
- Shall licenses be granted in this city or town under regulation of the state liquor commission for the sale therein of wine and spirits to be consumed on the premises?
- Shall licenses be granted in this city or town for the sale therein of malt liquor?
These outcomes of these votes applied only to the city, town or plantation in question--not to the whole state. The were, however, Questions No. 1 through 3 on this statewide ballot. The law was amended by an act of the legislature in 1939 to add a fourth ballot question which read as follows:
- Shall licenses be granted in this city or town for the sale therein of malt liquor (beer, ale and other malt beverages) not to be consumed on the premises?
These questions continued to appear on biennial statewide ballots with statewide referendum, initiatives and amendments until the law establishing them was amended in 1941. The amendment added that, "Upon this ballot no other referendum question or questions shall be printed."
- Lewiston Daily Sun, "Sample Ballot," September 3, 1940
- Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, People's Vetoes 1909-
- National Conference of State Legislatures, State Ballot Measures Database
- Private and Special Laws Maine 1939, Chapter 106 AN ACT Relating to Elections in the City of Biddeford
- Public Laws of the State of Maine Passed by the Eighty Seventh Legislature 1935, "Chapter 157," accessed April 7, 2014
- Public Laws of the State of Maine Passed by the Eighty-eighth and Eighty-ninth Legislatures, "Chapter 177," accessed April 8, 2014
- Public Laws of the State of Maine Passed by the Ninetieth Legislature 1941, "Chapter 97," accessed April 7, 2014
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