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For Immediate Release
Bond Questions Open to All Registered
AUGUSTA--With Election Day one week away, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky is encouraging all registered voters to go to the polls on June 11, 2002 and cast a ballot in the primary and referenda elections. While the June election is usually reserved for the selection of party candidates, this year there will also be a referendum ballot with 2 bond questions. Any registered voter may participate and cast a referendum ballot. Anyone enrolled in a political party may also vote for primary candidates. Over 500 candidates will appear on more than 1,800 different ballots across the state.
"The June election has traditionally been a day for selecting party candidates, but this year two bond issues will also be decided and anyone who is registered to vote, regardless of party affiliation, may cast a referendum ballot," stated Secretary Gwadosky. "Participation in the electoral process is an important part of our civic duty, and with same day voter registration and absentee ballots, it is easy to take part in this democratic process."
Any Maine citizen who is not currently registered to vote, or who is a registered voter but is not enrolled in a political party, may register and, if they choose, enroll in a political party up to and including Election Day, if this is done in person before the clerk or registrar.
While all polling places close at 8:00 p.m., citizens may wish to check with their municipal officials regarding opening times, as these vary from municipality to municipality.
For additional information regarding the bond questions, the Secretary of State, in cooperation with the Attorney General and State Treasurer, prepares the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election. This Guide is available on the Department of the Secretary of State's web site at www.state.me.us/sos/cec/elec or one may be requested by mail from the Elections Division at 207-624-7650.
The bond questions on the June 11, 2002 referendum ballot, in the order they will appear on the ballot are as follows:
Prepared by the Office of the Secretary
1. "Do you favor a $28,500,000 bond issue to capitalize the State's School Revolving Renovation Fund for repairs and improvements in public school facilities to address health, safety and compliance deficiencies, general renovation needs and learning space upgrades; to provide grants to public educational institutions to install sprinkler systems in dormitories; to renovate the Augusta East Campus Harlow Office Building; and to provide a center for homeless teenagers in the Portland Area?"
2. "Do you favor a $34,970,000 bond issue to stimulate job growth, renovate buildings, defend against terrorism in Maine and promote tourism? The bonds would be used for the following purposes:
1. Funds of $4,000,000 for the Municipal Investment Trust Fund to provide loans and grants to municipalities for public infrastructure to support economic development and other purposes of the fund;
2. Funds of $8,000,000 to the Finance Authority of Maine to create and retain Maine jobs through the funding of community, regional and state business financing programs;
3. Funds of $540,000 for the protection of the lives and property of Maine citizens;
4. Funds of $6,000,000 to capitalize the Maine Rural Development Authority to facilitate job creation through the development and redevelopment of commercial and industrial buildings in Maine;
5. Funds of $400,000 for renovation of buildings and associated infrastructure at the Schoodic Education and Research Center. State bond funds will match $4,000,000 in federal funds;
6. Funds of $5,000,000 for the construction of a facility for product development and support that will provide the University of Maine with the resources needed to help solve daily manufacturing and engineering problems;
7. Funds of $4,000,000 for the construction of a facility for product development and support that will provide the University of Southern Maine with the resources needed to help solve daily manufacturing and engineering problems;
8. Funds of $5,500,000 for medical research and development by Maine-based biomedical research institutions in order to obtain matching federal funds for health research to cure disease and to retain Maine graduates by providing quality Maine jobs;
9. Funds of $1,000,000 for the planning and construction of the Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary's in Lewiston;
10. Funds of $30,000 to assist the Moosehead Marine
Museum in the renovation of its flagship, the Katahdin; and