Nov. 8 referendum election: Here are the questions

Posted Nov. 07, 2011, at 8:39 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 08, 2011, at 7:55 a.m.

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Poll Question

For a full voter’s guide, or to report problems at the polls, visit bangordailynews.com/vote-2011/

Question 1: People’s Veto

Do you want to reject the section of Chapter 399 of the Public Laws of 2011 that requires new voters to register to vote at least two business days prior to an election?

Question 1 on the referendum ballot is a people’s veto aimed at overturning a law adopted by the Republican-led Legislature, which contended same-day voter registration led to fraud, although an investigation by the secretary of state found no fraud.

The new law requires people to register to vote at least two business days before an election. If that is repealed, Election Day registration will be restored.

Question 2: Citizen Initiative

Do you want to allow a slot machine facility at a harness racing track in Biddeford or another community within 25 miles of Scarborough Downs, subject to local approval, and at a harness racing track in Washington County, with part of the profits from these facilities going to support specific state and local programs?

Question 3: Citizen Initiative

Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines in Lewiston, with part of the profits going to support specific state and local programs?

Question 2 seeks voter approval to build racetracks with slot machines in Biddeford and Washington County.

Question 3 would allow a casino in Lewiston.

Backers of both questions promise 800 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs once the facilities are open. The Biddeford and Washington County racinos are projected to generate $54 million in revenue for the state. The state would get $26.5 million from the Lewiston casino, according to the fiscal note on the proposal.

Groups affiliated with Hollywood Slots in Bangor and the Oxford casino now under construction warn that new gambling establishments will hurt employment in these regions while taking money out of state coffers. Gov. Paul LePage recently said the state couldn’t support five casinos.

Question 4: Constitutional Amendment

Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to change the years of redistricting the Maine Legislature, congressional districts and county commissioner districts after 2013 from 2023 and every 10th year thereafter to 2021 and every 10th year thereafter?

Question 4 is a constitutional amendment that has no groups working for its passage or defeat. The proposed amendment would require congressional, legislative and county commissioner redistricting one year after the U.S. Census, not the current three, starting in 2021. It also would mandate a two-thirds majority from each chamber of the Legislature to approve a redistricting plan. Current law requires a two-thirds majority but it is easily circumvented by the party in power, allowing a lower standard for passage.

OTHER VOTES TO WATCH:

Penobscot County: Table games at Hollywood Slots

Portland: Mayor race

House District 24: Representing Dexter, Garland, Charleston, Athens, Harmony and Ripley

For information, visit http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming.html.

RESULTS WILL BE REPORTED ON BANGORDAILYNEWS.COM STARTING AT 8 p.m.

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