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Maine Initiative and Referendum Amendment (1908)

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The Maine Initiative and Referendum Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the September 15, 1908 ballot in Maine, where it was approved. The measure established a people's veto through the optional referendum and a direct initiative by petition and at general or special elections.[1] This measure amended the Maine Constitution. This amended Sections 1 of Article IV, Part First and Sections 1, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 of Article IV, Part Third of the Maine Constitution.[2]

Election results

Maine Initiative and Referendum Amendment 1 (1908)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 53,785 68.67%
No24,54331.33%

Election results via:Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part First, Section 1, and Part Third, Sections 1, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the legislature providing for the establishment of a people's vote through the optional referendum and a direct initiative by petition and at general or special elections?" the same being the question prescribed in Section 22 of Chapter 121 of the Resolves of the Legislature of the State of Maine approved March 20, 1907.

Those in favor of this amendment will vote "Yes," those opposed will vote "No," upon their ballot.

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