Maine Ballot Order Determined After Morning Drawing

Rob Poindexter

Updated 11 months ago

This morning in Augusta the order in which the bond questions will appear on the ballot was determined by a random drawing inches Secretary of State’s office.Attorney General Janet Mills was chosen by Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap as the person to draw the questions from sealed envelopes. “It can’t be anybody who benefits from the outcome of an election just because we want to make sure it’s all on the up and up,” Dunlap said.The order as they will appear on the November ballot is as follows:Question 1:  Do you favor a $14,000,000 bond issue to provide funds for the state’s share of maintenance, repair, capital improvement, modernization and energy efficiency projects for Maine Army National Guard readiness centers and support facilities and the purchase of land for training and to 1 draw down federal matching funds?Question 2: Do you favor a $15,500,000 bond issue to enhance educational and employment opportunities for Maine citizens and students by updating and improving existing laboratory and classroom facilities of the University of Maine System statewide?Question 3: Do you favor a $100,00,000 bond issue for reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation and transit, to be used to match an estimated $154,000,000 in federal and other funds?Question 4: Do you favor a $4,500,000 bond issue to provide funds for a public-private partnership for a building project for a new science facility at the Maine Maritime Academy to be matched by other funds?Question 5: Do you favor a $15,500,00 bond issue to upgrade buildings, classrooms and laboratories on the 7 campuses of the Maine Community College System in order to increase capacity to serve more students through expanded programs in health care, precision machining, information technology, criminal justice and other key programs?Dunlap says believe it or not the order in which a question appears on the ballot can correlate to success in the voting booth.”Historically, if you have a lot of questions on the ballot especially those involving money voters can have great appeal for the first ones they see and as they get down the ballot they may decide they’ve authorized enough spending. So there is an advantage to being higher up on the order.”


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