For Immediate Release
August 27, 2003
Contact: Chip Gavin
Secretary Gwadosky sets November ballot
Public drawing assigns specific numbers to six quesitons
AUGUSTA - Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky
in a public drawing today determined the order of the statewide ballot
questions for the November 4, 2003 election.
"This is an important step in the election
process," said Gwadosky when announcing the drawing. "Ordering
and numbering the questions helps keep things clear during the ongoing
public discussion on the issues. Everyone can at least agree that we're
talking about the same question, even if the level of agreement ends
The drawing was held in the Department's offices on
the first floor of the Nash School building at the corner of Sewall
and Capitol streets in Augusta.
"Voters will soon see the beginning of the debate
on these issues with specific question numbers attached to each,"
said Gwadosky. "We'll begin hearing 'Vote yes on this question'
or 'Vote no on that question.' Today's drawing makes simple but important
The Secretary of State's responsibility for determining
the order of the questions is set forth in Maine election law, 21-A
M.R.S.A. The law first requires the questions to be organized on the
ballot in order by category as follows: carry-over measures from a previous
election; people's veto questions, citizen initiatives, bond questions,
constitutional amendments, and other legislatively proposed referenda.
The drawing set for Wednesday will determine the order of the questions
within each category for which there are questions in the upcoming election.
A listing of the questions for the November ballot,
in order, is attached.
In their correct order,
the questions scheduled to appear on the November 4, 2003, statewide
Question 1 (Citizen Initiative
and Competing Measure)
A. Do you want the State to pay 55% of the cost of public education,
which includes all special education costs, for the purpose of shifting
costs from the property tax to state resources?
B. Do you want to lower property taxes and avoid the need for a significant
increase in state taxes by phasing in a 55% state contribution to the
cost of public education and by providing expanded property tax relief?
(Against A and B)
C. Against both the Citizen Initiative and the Competing Measure
Question 2 (Citizen
Do you want to allow slot machines at certain commercial horse racing
tracks if part of the proceeds are used to lower prescription drug costs
for the elderly and disabled, and for scholarships to the state universities
and technical colleges?
Question 3 (Citizen Initiative)
Do you want to allow a casino to be run by the Passamaquoddy Tribe and
Penobscot Nation if part of the revenue is used for state education
and municipal revenue sharing?
Question 4 (Bond issue)
Do you favor a $6,950,000 bond issue for the following for the following
(1) The sum of $2,000,000 to construct and upgrade water pollution control
facilities; providing the state match for $10,000,000 in federal funds;
(2) The sum of $1,500,000 to provide grants to construct water pollution
(3) The sum of $500,000 to clean up uncontrolled hazardous substance
(4) The sum of $500,000 for the small community grant program to provide
grants for rural communities to solve local pollution problems;
(5) The sum of $500,000 for the overboard discharge removal program
to provide grants to municipalities and individuals to eliminate licensed
overboard discharges to shellfish areas, great ponds and drainage areas
of less than 10 square miles;
(6) The sum of $1,200,000 to support drinking water system improvements
that address public health threats, providing the stat match for $4,140,000
in federal funds; and
(7) The sum of $750,000 to construct environmentally sound water sources
that help avoid drought damage to crops?
Question 5 (Bond issue)
Do you favor a $19,000,000 bond issue to make repairs, upgrades and
other facility improvements and enhance access for students with disabilities
and upgrade classroom equipment at various campuses of the University
of Maine System; the Maine Maritime Academy; and the Maine Community
College System, which was formerly the Maine Technical College System,
and to provide grants to construct and renovate public libraries and
to improve community access to electronic resources?
Question 6 (Bond issue)
Do you favor a $63,450,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and
bridges, airports, state-owned ferry vessels and ferry and port facilities
and port and harbor structures; development of rail corridors and improvements
to railroad structures and intermodal facilities; investment in the
statewide public transportation fleet and public park and ride and service
facilities; statewide trail and pedestrian improvements; and expansion
of the statewide air-medical response system through construction of
hospital helipads, building additional refueling facilities, upgrading
navigational systems and acquiring training equipment to improve access
to health care that makes the State eligible for $217,000,000 in matching