Sec. Dunlap to determine order of July ballot’s bond questions April 21

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 4:30pm

AUGUSTA — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will be drawing the order of the bond questions for the July 14 Special Referendum Election ballot next week. 

Voters will decide on the two bond questions in the Special Referendum Election on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, voting on this statewide ballot on the same day as the State Primary Election.

Secretary Dunlap will determine the ballot order of the bond questions by random drawing Tuesday, April 21 at 11 a.m. in his office at the Nash School Building in Augusta.

The drawing is a public proceeding, but due to social distancing efforts in place to combat the spread of COVID-19, the department is asking interested parties to watch the drawing live on its Facebook page, in lieu of attending in person: facebook.com/MaineSOS.

The bond questions, to be listed as Questions 1 and 2, depending on which is drawn first, are:

Transportation Bond (PL 673, Sec. A-9): “Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for improvement of highways and bridges statewide and for multimodal facilities or equipment related to transit, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, ports, harbors, marine transportation and active transportation projects, to be used to match an estimated $275,000,000 in federal and other funds?”

Internet Infrastructure Bond (PL 673, Sec. B-10): “Do you favor a $15,000,000 bond issue to invest in high-speed internet infrastructure for unserved and underserved areas, to be used to match up to $30,000,000 in federal, private, local or other funds?”