Order of Maine referendum questions set

Posted Sept. 03, 2009, at 12:30 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s top election official has held a lottery of sorts to choose the order of questions to appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

In a brief, informal event Thursday, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap drew small envelopes from a glass vase to determine the order of four citizen-initiated questions. They will appear on the ballot after the people’s veto question of whether to repeal Maine’s law recognizing gay marriages.

The Constitution says citizen initiatives must follow people’s veto questions on the ballot.

In the order of how they were chosen Thursday, the initiated questions will be an act to decrease the automobile excise tax, followed by an act to repeal the school consolidation law. Next will be questions calling for state tax and spending curbs and changes in the medical marijuana laws.

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