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December 1, 2005
Contact: Doug Dunbar

Secretary of State Announces Official Election Results
Voter Turnout Tops 40 Percent

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced on Thursday that results from the November 8, 2005 referendum election have been made official by the signing of proclamations by Governor John Baldacci this week. Final results for each of the seven ballot questions, tabulated by Maine’s Elections Division, are listed below.

Secretary of State Dunlap announced that 408,819 ballots were cast. Based on Maine’s voting age population of 1,018,892 (individuals at least 18 years of age), turnout for the November, 2005 referendum election was 40.12 percent. Since 1971, turnout for referendum elections in Maine has averaged just over 34 percent.

“The November election was conducted smoothly and voter participation was considerably better than average. The people of Maine, especially local election officials, deserve credit for taking our electoral process seriously. As I traveled throughout the state on Election Day, I was impressed by the dedication of voters and poll workers,” Secretary Dunlap commented.

“Credit also goes to staff members in Maine’s Division of Elections who process, review and tabulate election returns from more than 500 municipalities. They perform their duties carefully and with a great deal of dedication. The work of Maine’s Elections Division is very important, and its employees do an excellent job,” Dunlap added.

Because Question 1 (People’s Veto) was not passed, An Act To Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation, will take effect 30 days from the date of the Governor’s proclamation. It was signed on November 28th, making the law’s effective date December 28, 2005. The effective date for the bond issues that passed (Questions 2-5) is also December 28th. The Constitutional Amendment (Question 7) took effect when the proclamation was signed on November 28th.

Question 1: PEOPLE’S VETO

Do you want to reject the new law that would protect people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations and credit based on their sexual orientation?

Number of Votes in Favor 181,926
Number of Votes Opposed 223,274

Question 2: BOND ISSUE

Do you favor a $33,100,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges; airports; public transit improvements; state-owned ferry vessels and ferry and port facilities including port and harbor structures; and statewide bicycle trail and pedestrian improvements that makes the State eligible for over $158,000,000 in matching funds?

Number of Votes in Favor 270,486
Number of Votes Opposed 130,352

Question 3: BOND ISSUE

Do you favor an $8,900,000 bond issue for purposes related to agriculture and the environment in anticipation of approximately $31,000,000 in federal funds to be used for sustainable water sources and irrigation system development, loans from a wastewater state revolving fund, grants from a small community grants program, support of public water system improvements and repairs and improvements to a veterinary technician facility at the University of Maine?

Number of Votes in Favor 228,970
Number of Votes Opposed 167,424

Question 4: BOND ISSUE

Do you favor a $20,000,000 bond issue to stimulate economic growth and job creation through investments in the Maine economy in anticipation of approximately $44,000,000 in federal and private funds for medical research and development; marine research and development; equity investments in small Maine companies with potential for high growth; the New Century Community Program for capital improvements to cultural resources; the renovation of Camden Hall on the University of Maine Bangor campus for a graduate school for biomedical science; the development of the Laboratory for Surface Science Technology; capital costs and equipment for the career center facility at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College; and the development of the Sunrise Business and Career Center in the Town of Jonesboro?

Number of Votes in Favor 232,563
Number of Votes Opposed 165,607

Question 5: BOND ISSUE

Do you favor a $12,000,000 bond issue to purchase land and conservation easements statewide from willing sellers for conservation, water access, wildlife and fish habitat, outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing, farmland preservation and working waterfront preservation to be matched by at least $7,000,000 in private and public contributions?

Number of Votes in Favor 259,475
Number of Votes Opposed 140,469

Question 6: BOND ISSUE

Do you favor a $9,000,000 bond issue to make building renovations at campuses of the University of Maine System, improve and expand the facilities of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine and make building renovations at campuses of the Maine Community College System?

Number of Votes in Favor 193,077
Number of Votes Opposed 195,939


Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to permit the Legislature to authorize waterfront land used for commercial fishing activities to be assessed based on the land’s current use in a manner similar to treatment now available for farms, open space and forestland?

Number of Votes in Favor 276,116
Number of Votes Opposed 109,508