As Election Day nears on November 2, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows is reminding all Maine voters of a non-partisan resource that can help them make informed decisions at the polls: the 2021 Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election at www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/pdf/11-21citizensguide.pdf.
The guide, prepared by the Maine Department of the Secretary of State in collaboration with the Office of the Attorney General, Office of the State Treasurer, and Office of Fiscal and Program Review, is an unbiased and non-partisan review of the issues that voters will consider at the polls this November.
“Maine voters are some of the most active, involved voters in the country,” said Bellows. “Good information is power, and this guide is a great resource for any voters looking for more information about the questions on their ballot this fall.”
The Citizen’s Guide provides detailed information about each question on the November ballot. Voters can see the legislation behind this year’s ballot issues, as well as analysis of the intent and content of each question. Election law also allows for citizen advocacy statements to be published supporting or opposing questions, which provides voters with those viewpoints to consider.
Voters will decide on one citizen’s initiative, one bond question, and one constitutional amendment that will appear on the November 2 ballot:
Voters are encouraged to use the Citizen’s Guide to educate themselves about each question before casting a ballot. Voters can cast their ballot at the polls on Election Day, November 2, 2021, or they can request absentee ballots from their municipal clerk or online through the Secretary of State’s website.