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Publication of Public Comments on Statewide Referenda

Any individual, corporation, political action committee or other organization may file public comments in support of or in opposition to a ballot measure for publication in the Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election (“Citizen’s Guide”).  This Citizen’s Guide is published in paper format and distributed to municipal offices as well as libraries in Maine and to any citizen who requests a copy.  The guide is also posted on the Secretary of State’s web site.  Ballot measure public comments, which are limited to 300 words or less, must be accompanied by a completed application and a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $500. 

Public comments must be filed with the Secretary of State no later than 5 p.m. on the 70th day prior to the date of the election. The deadline for the June 8, 2010 Referendum Election is March 30, 2010.

For further filing instructions and comment requirements, please reference the following documents:

Instructions for Submission of Public Comments on Statewide Referenda
MS Word (.doc)                                                        Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

Application for Submission of Public Comments on Statewide Referenda
MS Word (.doc)                                                        Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

Rules Regarding Publication of Public Comments on Statewide Referenda
MS Word (.doc)                                                        Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

You may also contact the Division of Elections at 624-7650.