Maine Elimination of Residency Requirement for Intrastate Moves, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1974)

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The Maine Elimination of Residency Requirement for Intrastate Moves Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1, was on the November 5, 1974 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure repealed the three month requirement for establishing residency for voting purposes when moving within the state. This amended Section 1 of Article II of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1974)
Approveda Yes 217,445 66.29%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article II, Section 1

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]


"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature to eliminate the three-month voting residence requirement following a change of residence within the State?" [4]

Constitutional changes

The following changes were made to Section 1 of Article II of the Maine Constitution with the crossed out text being repealed:[2]

Every citizen of the United States of the age of eighteen years and upwards, excepting persons under guardianship for reasons of mental illness, having his or her residence established in this State, shall be an elector for Governor, Senators and Representatives, in the city, town or plantation where his or her residence has been established, and he or she shall continue to be an elector in such city, town or plantation for the period of three months after his or her removal therefrom if he or she continues to reside in this State during this period, unless barred by the provisions of the second paragraph of this section; and the elections shall be by written ballot.

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