FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Secretary of State Matt Dunlap Announces the Order of November Ballot Questions
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap held a public drawing today to determine the order of the bond questions that will appear on the November 2, 2010 General Election ballot. The drawing was held in the Secretary of State's office.
"This is always an exciting moment in our election season," Secretary Dunlap noted. "With each question assigned a number, it becomes easier for voters, as well as question proponents and opponents, to clearly identify each question and to begin to engage in public discussion and debate."
Maine law requires the drawing process for ballot position and also requires the questions to be organized on the ballot by category as follows: people's veto questions first, then citizen initiatives, followed by bond questions, referendum questions proposed by the Legislature, and finally, resolutions to amend the state Constitution.
On the November ballot there will be one citizen initiative question and two bond questions. There are no people's veto questions, no Constitutional resolutions and no legislative referenda. Since there is only one citizen initiative question, that question will be first on the ballot. Today's drawing determined the order of the two bond questions.
In their correct order, the questions that will appear on the November 2, 2010, General Election ballot are:
Question 1 (Citizen Initiative): Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines at a single site in Oxford County, subject to local approval, with part of the profits going to specific state, local and tribal programs?
Question 2 (Bond Issue): Do you favor a $5,000,000 bond issue to be awarded on a competitive basis to increase access to dental care in Maine, $3,500,000 to be used for a community-based teaching dental clinic affiliated with or operated by a college of dental medicine to be matched by $3,500,000 in other funds, and $1,500,000 to be used to create or upgrade community-based health and dental care clinics across the State to increase their capacity as teaching and dental clinics?
Question 3 (Bond Issue): Do you favor a $9,750,000 bond issue to invest in land conservation and working waterfront preservation and to preserve parks to be matched by $9,250,000 in federal and other funds?