This constitutional amendment would remove the requirement for people circulating petitions to be Maine residents who are registered to vote.
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to remove a provision requiring a circulator of a citizen’s initiative or people’s veto petition to be a resident of Maine and a registered voter in Maine, requirements that have been ruled unconstitutional in federal court?1
|I am in favor of removing the residency and registration requirements for petition circulators from the Maine Constitution.
|I don't want this change to the Maine Constitution.
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Currently the Maine Constitution requires anyone collecting signatures for People’s Veto and Direct Initiative petitions to be a resident and registered voter in Maine. This resolution would remove the requirement and align Maine’s constitution with federal law.
Federal courts have already ruled that the residency requirement for petitioners is unconstitutional and can’t be enforced by the state of Maine.2
This question is a constitutional amendment, which, if passed, would make a change to the state constitution.
Follow the money
There’s no money directly involved with this referendum. 2
The primary arguments for this referendum are:
- Aligns Maine’s constitution with federal court decisions regarding the First Amendment
- Aligns Maine with the majority of other states with statewide initiative or veto referendum processes
The primary arguments against this referendum are:
- It changes the Maine Constitution.
- State Sen. Craig Hickman (D)
- State Rep. David Boyer (R)
- State Rep. Laura Supica (D)
- No campaigns found in opposition3
- An argument against made by Garland, ME party co-chair, Linda Haskell (R)3
Maine State Legislature. RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Align the Proceedings for Circulating Written Petitions for People’s Vetoes and Direct Initiatives with Federal Law. Accessed October 1, 2023. ↩
Ballotpedia State Desk. Maine Question 7, Remove Residency Requirement for Initiative Petition Circulators Amendment (2023). Accessed September 23, 2023. ↩ ↩2 ↩3