Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:08

Lawmaker wants to change referendum process

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AUGUSTA - A state legislator said it is time to make the referendum process in Maine what he calls more geographically balanced.

As it stands, every citizen-initiated ballot question must have registered voters sign a petition to qualify for ballot placement.


Sen. Brad Farrin, R-Norridgewock, said that an equal number of the signatures should come from each of the state's two congressional districts.


"We're just looking to spread that out between the first and the second equally. And make no mistake, I don't think this is going to solve concerns about the citizen's referendum process. This is kind of more like a speed bump just to slow things down a little bit and catch our breath," he said.


The legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on the issue within the next few weeks. It then will head to the full legislature for consideration.