In Maine, every year, citizens over the voting age are allowed to vote on certain "ballot measures." Typically, every year, there will be four to six statewide ballot measures. This year, there are four (4). These are questions that are, over the previous year, were brought up numerously, and now will be put to a vote by the citizens. This article will list the questions and the campaigns for and against them. All of this information can be found here.
- Main article: Question 1, 2017
Question one is a "Citizens initiative." This means that the mass population has asked for this to be put forth. In short, it is a question to legalize gambling in York County.
"Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?"
"Progress for Maine" is the leading campaign for a "yes" vote on Question 1.
"A Bad Deal for Maine" is the leading campaign for a "no" vote on Question 1.
- Main article: Question 2, 2017
Question two is a "Citizens initiative." This means that the mass population has asked for this to be put forth. In short, it is a question to expand Obamacare.
"Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?"
"Mainers for Health Care" is the leading campaign for a "yes" vote on Question 2.
"Welfare to Work" is the leading campaign for a "no" vote on Question 2.
- Main article: Question 3, 2017
Question three is a "Bond issue." This means that the government would like to issue a "bond," or money to companies to improve something. In this case, it is to increase, maintain, and to build new infrastructure around transportation.
"Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings?"
A “YES” vote approves the issuance of up to one hundred and five million dollars ($105,000,000) in general obligation bonds to finance the activities described above.
A “NO” vote disapproves the bond issue in its entirety.
- Main article: Question 4, 2017
Question four is a "Constitutional amendment." This means a "yes" vote for amend the Constitution of Maine. In short, this question is to reduce volatility in state pension requirements.
A “YES” vote favors adoption of this constitutional amendment.
A “NO” vote opposes adoption of this constitutional amendment.