Maine Reapportionment Commission, Constitutional Amendment 10 (1986)

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The Maine Reapportionment Commission Referendum, also known as Constitutional Amendment 10, was on the November 4, 1986 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure amended the procedure for apportionment of the state legislature and the operation of the Reapportionment Commission. This included the clarification of some technical language regarding the populations of house districts. It also barred the commission from splitting a municipality into more districts or parts of districts than necessary. This was to ensure that any population remaining in a municipality after as many full districts as possible had been created within the municipal boundaries would have to be placed in one district with adjoining territory outside the municipality. The quorum for the 15 member commission was increased from 7 to 8. The amount of time for the commission to make its recommendations was increased from 90 to 120 days after the convening of the legislature. Other constitutional language changes were made to bring other provisions regarding apportionment in line with these changes. This amended Sections 2 and 3 of Part First, Section 2 of Part Second and Section 1-A of Part Third of Article IV of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

Election results

Maine Constitutional Amendment 10 (1986)
Approveda Yes 250,609 65.77%

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 2 and Section 3, Part Second, Section 2 and Part Third, Section 1-A

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

"Shall the Constitution of Maine be amended to improve the efficiency of the apportioning commission and to specify how the commission should operate?" [4]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.

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