State referendum: Nov. 5, 2019

Knox, Waldo counties support state’s constitutional amending ballot measure

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 8:15pm

Here are the results of the November 5, 2019 Question 2, Constitutional Amending state referendum as they roll in from municipalities in Knox and Waldo counties. 

 

This proposal would amend Maine’s Constitution to allow voters who have physical disabilities that prevent them from signing their own names to use an alternative method of signing a citizens initiative or peoples veto petition.

Maine election law already allows voters with disabilities to use an alternative signature on a voter registration application, a change of party enrollment form, candidate nomination petitions, and Maine Clean Election Act forms by using a signature stamp or by authorizing another Maine-registered voter to sign on the voters behalf in the voters presence and at the direction of the voter.

Adoption of the proposed Constitutional amendment would expand the scope of this election statute so that voters with certain physical disabilities would also be able to sign citizens initiative petitions and peoples veto petitions.
 
The Maine Constitution (in Article IV, part 3, section 20) currently provides that a “written petition” for a citizens’ initiative or a people’s veto referendum must contain “original signatures of the petitioners.” This definition prevents voters who are physically unable to write an original signature from signing these types of petitions.
 
Maine election law (Title 21-A, section 153-A of the Maine Revised Statutes) already allows a voter who is unable to sign his or her own name to sign a voter registration application, a change of party enrollment form, candidate nomination petitions, and Maine Clean Election Act forms by using a signature stamp or by authorizing another Maine-registered voter to sign on the voter’s behalf, in the voter’s presence and at the direction of the voter.
 
Adoption of the proposed constitutional amendment would authorize the Legislature to expand the scope of this election statute or to adopt a different alternative method that would allow voters with certain physical disabilities to sign citizens’ initiative petitions and people’s veto petitions.

 

A “Yes” vote approves adoption of the constitutional amendment.

A “No” vote opposes adoption of the constitutional amendment.

 

Knox County

Question 2: Constitutional Amending Yes No
Appleton 137 49
Camden 809 101
Cushing 111 47
Friendship    
Hope 168 45
Isle au Haut    
Matinicus 13 0
North Haven 52 6
Owls Head 174 57
Rockland 936 211
Rockport 413 94
St. George 231 80
South Thomaston 142 28
Thomaston 256 65
Union 283 109
Vinalhaven 139 24
Warren 164 90
Washington 148 59
TOTAL 4,176 1,065
Waldoboro (Lincoln County)    

 

Waldo County

Question 2: Constitutional Amending Yes No
Belfast    
Belmont    
Brooks 69 35
Burnham    
Frankfort    
Freedom    
Islesboro    
Jackson 46 18
Knox    
Liberty 108 26
Lincolnville    
Monroe    
Montville 76 21
Morrill 64 36
Northport 166 66
Palermo 115 41
Prospect 61 28
Searsmont 123 54
Searsport 209 53
Stockton Springs    
Swanville    
Thorndike 50 25
Troy 41 53
Unity 123 44
Waldo    
Winterport 208 116
TOTAL 1,459 616