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Determining Voting Method

Section 1472 of Public Law 2007 Chapter 240 provides four methods for determining the methods of apportionment for the RSU board. Below are several resources and examples to help determine the voting method.

Statutes governing school governance, including method of voting in RTF
Statutes governing school governance, including method of voting in PDF
Chapter 103-A Regional School Units Sub-Chapter 3

Three Board Apportionment Examples:

Method B – weighted votes based on 1000 votes in XLS
One example that is in compliance and one that is not

Method D – weighted votes in XLS
Each director's vote is weighted based on the population divided by the number of directors

Method D – one vote per director in XLS
Each director has one equally-weighted vote; works best when population per director doesn't vary widely

Census figures

The four spreadsheets below contain the federal estimated census figures, the only figures accepted for use in calculating voting methods. New plans should use the 2010 figures.

2010 Decennial Census - US Census Bureau released March 24, 2011 in XLS

2009 Federal Estimated Census—by county and municipality in XLS

2008 Federal Estimated Census - by county and municipality in XLS

2007 Federal Estimated Census – by county and municipality in XLS

2006 Federal Estimated Census - by county and municipality in XLS

Superintendents, on behalf of a Reorganization Planning Committee, may contact Suzan Beaudoin for more information and may also submit a proposed apportionment plan to her for review. She can be reached at: suzan.beaudoin@maine.gov or 624-6790.