The Maine Direct Initiatives Signature Requirements Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2, was on the September 10, 1951 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure changed the signature requirements for direct initiatives to 10 percent of the total votes for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election. This amended Section 18 of Article IV, Part Third of the Maine Constitution.
- See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in Maine
| Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1951)|
| Yes|| 23,600|| 51.77%|
Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-
Text of measure
- See also: Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part Third, Section 18
The language appeared on the ballot as:
PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 2
"Shall the constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the legislature providing that direct initiative of legislation shall require not less than 10% of the total vote for governor as cast in the last previous gubernatorial election?"
The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.
A similar change had already been made for the signature requirements for referendum petitions in 1948.
A one-year validity on initiative peition signatures was approved in 1981: