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Maine Repeal of Constitutional Status for Justices of the Peace, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1978)

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The Maine Repeal of Constitutional Status for Justices of the Peace Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1, was on the November 7, 1978 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure eliminated the office of justice of the peace as a constitutional office. This repealed the fifth paragraph of Section 8 of Article IV, Part First of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

Aftermath

In 1980, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment was approved returning the offices of judges of probate and justices of the peace to semi-constitutional offices. It provided that the judges of probate and justices of the peace were to be appointed by the governor unless another method of selection is specified in the constitution or in the statutes. This allowed for statutes to overrule constitutional language in regards to the appointment and terms of these offices, but also provided a constitutional method if no such statutes existed.[4]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1978)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 179,146 55.87%
No141,52744.13%

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

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part First, Section 8

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature to eliminate the office of justice of the peace as a Constitutional office?" [5]

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