Maine State Officials Election Amendment (2011)

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The Maine State Officials Elections Amendment failed to make the November 8, 2011 general election ballot in the state of Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have allowed voters to decide whether the attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer should be elected by the public at the polls. If approved by voters, the first election for the three positions would be in November 2014. The formal title of the bill is LD 1572.

Path to the ballot

On May 26, 2011, the Maine State Senate voted to approve the measure with a tally of 23 to 12. The Maine House of Representatives then had to vote on the proposal. Legislative session ended without the measure being sent to the ballot.

According to Section 4 of Article X, if the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine State Senate both vote by at least a 2/3rds majority, a proposed amendment to the constitution can be placed on the statewide ballot on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November after the state legislature acts.[1]

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