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Drawing Determines Order of Questions on Maine Ballot
07/08/2010 12:45 PM ET  

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap today held a public drawing to determine the order of the questions on Maine's November general election ballot.

A bond issue that will provide money to increase access to dental care in Maine will be Question 2 -- and the first of two bond issues -- on the Maine ballot in November. The order of the two bond issues on the ballot was determined this morning by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap in a public drawing.

Question 1 has already been determined because by Maine law, people's veto and citizens' initiative issues are always placed before bond issues on the ballot. Question 1 this year is a citizens' initaitive that asks Maine voters whether or not they wish to approve a casino in Oxford County.

The dental bond question will be followed by Question 3, a land conservation and preservation bond issue. The questions, in the order in which they will appear on the ballot, are as follows:

Question 1: Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines at a single site in Oxford County, subject to local approval, with part of the profits going to specific state, local and tribal programs?

Question 2: Do you favor a $5,000,000 bond issue to be awarded on a competitive basis to increase access to dental care in Maine, $3,500,000 to be used for a community-based teaching dental clinic affiliated with or operated by a college of dental medicine to be matched by $3,500,000 in other funds, and $1,500,000 to be used to create or upgrade community-based health and dental care clinics across the State to increase their capacity as teaching and dental clinics?

Question 3: Do you favor a $9,750,000 bond issue to invest in land conservation and working waterfront preservation and to preserve parks to be matched by $9,250,000 in federal and other funds?


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