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I'd have to agree with George on only keeping this events in November, I think I saw maybe a dozen other people area the election area at 6pm. Prime post-work time to vote.On a side note, election law is something I definitly lack, but ever any thought/talk of putting elections on the weekend? Maybe even just local elections? I'm all for something that gets more people out to vote, left, center or right. Or is this Tuesday thing too ingrained into our culture?-Geoff

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Thursday, June 12, 2003Bond passes, but it's a dud on vote meter By MARK PETERS, Portland Press Herald WriterCopyright © 2003 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.  
A tiny fraction of the state's registered voters ended up deciding a $60 million ballot question Tuesday, largely because of the off-year referendum's unusual timing and lack of exposure.Cities such as Portland, Biddeford and South Portland estimated Tuesday's election marked their lowest voter turnout in a decade. Just four of every 100 registered voters in Lewiston went to the polls.Early statewide estimates show that only 10 percent of registered voters in Maine cast ballots. Official numbers will not be ready until at least next week."We got a lot of complaints that this was a waste of money," Portland City Clerk Linda Cohen said Wednesday.Voter turnout climbed above 20 percent in towns like Kennebunk and Falmouth, where there were local ballot questions or elections."Everybody had an opportunity to be involved in the decision . . . You have to acknowledge that," Secretary of State Dan Gwadosky said.-----In all but about 50 communities, the question was the only item on the ballot. A sole question draws little attention in comparison to candidates, Gwadosky said. -----Jane Sheehan, chairwoman of Jobs for a Healthy Maine PAC, which pushed for the bond's approval...attributed the low turnout in part to the little time voters had to learn about the question.-----Doug Dunbar, a spokesman for Gov. John Baldacci, said the bond package was rushed to voters because many felt that steps to improve the state's economy had to be taken as soon as possible. The timing also will allow the state to qualify for federal matching funds in the current fiscal year."We have to take action to move the economy forward," Dunbar said.-----"I don't see the Legislature, from a policy perspective, doing this on a regular basis. I think most are confident putting them out in November," Gwadosky said.[b]Cohen, who also serves as the president of the Maine Town and City Clerks' Association, said the low turnout could spark revisions in the state election law. One possibility is a minimum number of votes for a ballot question to pass[/b]. The ballot question was costly for towns and cities. [url=http://www.pressherald.com/news/state/030612elexfolo.shtml]http://www.pr...

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The City of Portland's charter has just the opposite. If less then 10% vote on a bond, it passes automatically.Steven Scharf
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Steven -Whaaaa-aaa-tttt? Is that true????????!skf

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Any elected body requires a quorum in order to conduct business and take votes. It seems to me that bond issues should also have a "quorum" of the citizens of Maine voting to decide whether they should pass or not.

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I am not saying that there should be a requirement for people to show up and vote. I AM saying that if not enough people show up then the vote should be voided. I do not think that it is appropriate for a majority of [b]10%[/b]of Maine residents to decide to spend so much of our money. I think a modest minimum percentage of registered voters should be acheived to have such a vote count. That would also make the legislature think twice about sneaking bond issues in June when they know not many people will show up.

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