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Constitutional Amendments List

The first amendment to the Maine Constitution was initiated fourteen years after statehood. The next few decades produced amendments adjusting the structure and rules of the new state. As the 200th anniversary approached in the year 2020, 172 amendments had … Continue reading

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Election Ballot Samples, Issues

Referendum Ballot, Complete the Arrow, Machine Counted

The following are samples of ballots used in issue elections, such as constitutional amendements, citizen initiated questions, bond issues, and issues proposed by the legislature.

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Elections

 If the fire engines are parked outside on a weekday, you can be pretty sure they’re voting inside. . . . Voting in Maine is fun. It is neighborly. It is seeing people, and swapping news, as well as being … Continue reading

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Elections, Campaign Debates

Candidates for Governor Selections from Maine Public Broadcasting Network Debate, November 1, 2006 This election debate was co-sponsored by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and hosted by Fred Bever. Responses are complete but each selection has been condensed by … Continue reading

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Elections, Campaign Media

Maine Republican Party Headquarters in Hallowell 2002

Roadside signs are a long tradition in Maine elections. With the outlawing of billboards in the 1970’s, they have played an important role in at least raising candidates’ name recognition, and for the appearance of broad support. Paid politial campaign … Continue reading

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Elections, Congressional Districts

Congressional Districts for Elections 2004-2010

Maine once had as many as eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives, thus eight congressional districts.  When Maine achieved statehood in 1820, Congress assigned the new state one At-Large Representative, leaving Massachusetts with its allotted 20 Representatives. In … Continue reading

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Elections, Governor Results

Elections for governor were initially held annually. In 1880, a two-year term was introduced and lasted through 1962, when four-year terms were instituted. (See election procedures.) The tables below report the election year, votes for Democrats, Republicans, and the next … Continue reading

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Elections, Initiatives

No on Resort Casino Sign, November, 2003

Votes on citizen initiatives since 1911 The state constitution allows citizens to place issues on the statewide ballot by petition. In its first thirty-seven years, only six initiated bills qualified to be placed on a ballot; only two passed. In … Continue reading

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Elections, President Results

Presidential Elections 1828-2016

Here are the results of presidential elections in Maine since 1824. Party abbreviations under “Other”: SL=Socialist Labor; C=Communist; SLC=Socialist Labor and Communist (totals combined); ND=National Democrat; IND=Independence; ST=Single Tax. The various early “parties” came and went rather frequently in the … Continue reading

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Elections, Referenda

Wind Power Bond Issue (June 2010)

Votes on referenda since 1911 Most items placed on issue ballots are referenda proposed by the legislature, and most of those are bond issues seeking authorization to borrow large amounts of money over 5, 10, 20 or more years. A … Continue reading

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Electoral College

Program, 2004 Maine Electoral College, p. 1

Unlike state elections, the popular vote for President and Vice President of the United States does not directly determine the winners. The final determination is made by a group of 538 people distributed among the fifty states, based on the … Continue reading

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Electoral College, Maine Law

Maine Law, Title 21-A, regarding Presidential Electors [Governing the procedure for the Electoral College in Maine 2004] §801. Election In a presidential election year, the presidential electors shall be chosen at the general election. 1. Vote for presidential candidate construed. … Continue reading

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Political Party Enrollment

Green Independent Party Enrollment 1996-2016

For the nearly 100 years from 1857 through 1954, the Republican Party dominated the state’s politics.  Thirty-one Republican governors served during the period, compared with four Democrats. During the 1950s and 1960s Republican enrollment began to slide as Democrats and … Continue reading

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Rank of Maine, Election Turnout

For half a century, Maine has had a relatively high voter turnout in presidential elections. In every presidential election from 1960 to 2008, Maine’s turnout, based on its voting age population, has exceeded the national average, frequently by 10% or more. In 2012 it was again ranked second (to perennial rival Minnesota by 0.4%) as it was in 2000 and 2008. Continue reading

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Senators, U.S.

Maine has had 38 U.S. Senators from statehood in 1820 through the elections of the year 2010. Theirs terms, residence, and party affiliations are listed below. Unlike U.S. Representatives, who are elected every two years from one of our two … Continue reading

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