MUUSAN Voter Guide for November 7, 2023

A Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election in November is available on the state legislative website here. The League of Women Voters Guide to the November election can be found here.

The five questions below are ones MUUSAN worked on as bills in 2022-23. Click on each link to read the text of the ballot question, and other links to further your understanding of the issues and advocate with Letters to the Editor of your local paper.

VOTE NO ON QUESTION 1 – Do you want to bar some quasi-governmental entities and all consumer-owned electric utilities from taking on more than $1 billion in debt unless they get statewide voter approval? Question 1 was written to stall consumer owned utilities, should Question 3 pass. It will slow progress and create more opportunity for misinformation.

VOTE YES ON QUESTION 2 — Do you want to ban foreign governments and entities that they own, control, or influence from making campaign contributions or financing communications for or against candidates or ballot questions? MUUSAN has endorsed Question 2: Link to League of Women Voters Letter Writing Guide.

VOTE YES ON QUESTION 3 – Do you want to create a new power company governed by an elected board to acquire and operate existing for-profit electricity transmission and distribution facilities in Maine? MUUSAN has endorsed Question 3:

VOTE YES ON QUESTION 6 — Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to require that all of the provisions of the Constitution be included in the official printed copies of the Constitution prepared by the Secretary of State? MUUSAN has endorsed Question 6. Link to talking points from the Wabanaki Alliance.

VOTE YES ON QUESTION 8 — Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to remove a provision prohibiting a person under guardianship for reasons of mental illness from voting for Governor, Senators and Representatives, which the United States District Court for the District of Maine found violates the United States Constitution and federal law? A YES vote means you want to amend the Maine constitution to get rid of the restriction on voting for people under guardianship for mental illness, which will bring Maine’s constitution into agreement with federal law.