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Maine School Finance and Tax Reform Act , Question 1C (2003)

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Maine Question 1C, also known as the School Finance and Tax Reform Act of 2003: Against A and B Alternative, was on the November 4, 2003 election ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred state statute where it was defeated.

As background, petition signatures were collected to qualify Question 1A for the ballot. Under the Indirect initiated state statute rules in Maine, after the signatures were collected, the measure was presented to the Maine State Legislature, which has three perogatives when it considers a citizen initiative. It can:

  1. Approve the submitted initiative and enact it into law.
  2. Decline to act on it, in which case it goes on the statewide ballot for a vote of the people.
  3. Decline to act on it, but propose alternative legislative measures addressing the same topic as the initiative.

In the case of Question 1A, the state legislature took the third option, and placed two competing measures, 1B and 1C on the ballot.

  • Votes for 1A: 185,392 (37.8%) Approveda
  • Votes for 1B: 171,782 (35.0%) Defeatedd
  • Votes for 1C: 133,349 (27.2%) Defeatedd

Question 1A got the most votes and hence, was approved.

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Voting in favor of Question 1C is a vote against both of the plans presented in Question 1A and Question 1B.

A vote for Option 1A is a vote to approve the citizen initiative.

A vote for Option 1B is a vote to approve the competing measure.

A vote for Option 1C is a vote to reject both the citizen initiative and the competing measure.

If either 1A or 1B receives more than 50 percent of the votes cast for Question 1, that option will be approved.

If neither 1A nor 1B receives a majority of the votes cast for Question 1, but one or both receives more than 33 percent of the vote, the one with the most votes will appear on the ballot by itself at the next statewide election.

If 1A and 1B each fails to receive more than 33 percent of the vote, then both options are rejected.

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