Proposed Initiative Ballot Question / Public Comment

Notice of Public Comment Period - May 16, 2018 - June 15, 2018

Among the items that will be presented to the voters at the November Referendum Election, is a Direct Initiative of Legislation (i.e. Citizen Initiative). Under Maine's Constitution, the Secretary of State is responsible for preparing the ballots for direct initiatives “in such form as to present the question or questions concisely and intelligibly.” Below is the Secretary of State's proposed ballot question for the initiative that will appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot.

Maine law, Title 21-A §905-A, requires that the Secretary of State provide a 30-day public comment period for the purpose of receiving comments on the content and form of proposed questions to be placed on the ballot for any pending initiatives.

Public comments must be received by the Secretary of State prior to the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on June 15, 2018.

Written comments may be filed with the Secretary of State in the following ways:

  • By email at; use subject line Public Comment;
  • By mail at Secretary of State, Attn: Public Comment, 148 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0148; or
  • By hand at: Office of the Secretary of State, Nash School Bldg., 103 Sewall St., 2nd Floor, Augusta, ME.

Proposed Initiative Ballot Question

TITLE: An Act To Establish Universal Home Care for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

“Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program, which will provide services to people with disabilities and senior citizens who need daily assistance in their homes, funded by a new tax of 3.8% on individual income over $128,400?”