Maine Seeking U.S. Congress Term Limits, Question 1 (1996)
The ballot title was: "Do You Want Maine to Require Candidates snd Elected Officials to Show Support for Congressional Term Limits or Have their Refusal Printed on the Ballot?
Term limits supporters put the 1996 term limits measure on the ballot after a 1994 term limits initiative that had been approved by the state's voters was declared unconstitutional by a federal court.
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
This initiated legislation seeks to impose term limits of 3 terms (6 years) for the United States House of Representatives and 2 terms (12 years) for the United States Senate in five ways:
1. It would direct the Maine Legislature to apply to the United States Congress to call a constitutional convention, pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution, for the purpose of enacting an amendment to the United States Constitution imposing Congressional term limits.
2. It would direct each member of Maine's Congressional delegation to vote for a constitutional amendment establishing Congressional term limits.
3. It would require the Secretary of State to print on any election ballot the phrase "VIOLATED VOTER INSTRUCTION ON TERM LIMITS" next to the name of any member of the Maine Legislature or any Governor who fails to use all of his or her powers to secure passage of an application to the United States Congress for a constitutional convention to establish Congressional term limits.
4. It would require the Secretary of State to print on any election ballot the phrase "VIOLATED VOTER INSTRUCTION ON TERM LIMITS" next to the name of any member of the Maine Congressional delegation who fails to use all of his or her legislative powers to cause the United States Congress to pass an amendment to the United States Constitution imposing Congressional term limits.
5. It would require the Secretary of State to print on any election ballot the phrase "REFUSED TO PLEDGE TO SUPPORT TERM LIMITS" next to the name of any candidate for Governor, the Maine Legislature or the United States Congress who fails to sign a form pledging to use all of his or her powers to secure passage of an amendment to the United States Constitution imposing Congressional term limits.
According to the laws governing the initiative process in Maine, the state legislature is allowed to repeal or amend initiatives passed by the citizenry. In this case, the legislature repealed the initiative in P.L. 2001, c. 516 § 8.
- Citizen's guide to the November 5, 1996 Maine ballot questions
- November 5, 1996 Maine ballot question election results, Questions 1-4
- Votes on Maine initiatives
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