by Liliana Palmer
Elections, and the big referendum vote, are coming up very soon, on November 2ed. Here’s a first look at what you’ll be dealing with. Parts of the actual ballot are transcribed below with a little context added in brackets.
If you live on-campus in South Portland, you are eligible to vote in South Portland elections! You will have to register using your dorm address. SMCC is in District One, and our polling location is the Boys and Girls Club on 169 Broadway. Here are the polling locations for the rest of South Portland. This is the page of South Portland’s website for voting resources, and here is an explanation of how to register from Maine’s government website, and a copy of the voter registration form. If you want to vote absentee, South Portland has a page for that too. You can call the city at (207) 767-3201 to make a request for a ballot, and it will be sent to you when it’s available, which may be more convenient or safe for you.
SOUTH PORTLAND ELECTIONS
City Councilor for District 3:
Richard T. Matthews of 17 Boothby Avenue
Misha C. Pride of 540 Highland Avenue
City Councilor for District 4:
Margaret I. Brownlee of 97 Skillings Street
Linda C. Cohen of 4 Tamarack Drive
Board of Education for District 3:
Hannah R. Bitjoka of 37 Reynolds Street
Adam S. Hamilton of 193 Elm Street
Board of Education for District 4:
Andrea M. Levinsky of 39 Cumberland Road #1
Board of Education for District 5:
Elyse C. Tipton of 35 Hall Street
SOUTH PORTLAND BOND REFERENDUM QUESTION A
Shall the City of South Portland incur indebtedness by the issuance of general obligation bonds or notes in the principal amount of $4,500,000 to fund the acquisition of real property within South Portland to be used as open space for public access, recreation, conservation of natural resources, and/or protection of wildlife, scenic or environmentally sensitive areas as well as other costs related thereto, pursuant to City Council Ordinance #2 21/22 dated July 13, 2021 entitled “BOND ORDINANCE TO APPROPRIATE $4,500,000 (*) FOR OPEN SPACE LAND ACQUISITION AND TO AUTHORIZE $4,500,000 (*) PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF BONDS TO FINANCE SUCH APPROPRIATIONS”?
[Should South Portland borrow $4,500,000 to buy land for parks and preserves?]
YES [Yes, South Portland SHOULD borrow this money]
NO [No, South Portland SHOULDN’T borrow this money]
State Referendum Election
Question One: Citizen Initiative
Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?
Yes [Yes, I want to enact a bill that BANS these projects]
No [No, I don’t want to enact this bill and it’s bans]
[The Maine State Legislature document HP0985 defines what “high impact” transmission lines are: “4-A. High-impact electric transmission line. “High-impact electric transmission line” means a transmission line greater than 50 miles in length.. that is capable of operating at 200 kilovolts or more and: (1) is not a generator interconnection transmission facility as defined in section 3132, subsection 1-B; and (2) is not constructed primarily to provide electric reliability within the State, as determined by the commission.”]
[This is the vote on the transmission corridor in Northwestern Maine. Voting Yes on 1 opposes the corridor, and similar projects as well.]
Question Two: Bond Issue
Do you favor a $100,000,000 bond issue to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit facilities, and ports and make other transportation investments, to be used to leverage an estimated $253,000,000 in federal and other funds?
Total estimated life time cost is $127,500,000 representing $100,000,000 in principal and $27,500,000 in interest (assuming interest at 5% over 10 years).
Yes [Yes, Maine should take out this loan to fund transportation infrastructure]
No [No, Maine should not take out this loan]
Question 3: Constitutional Amendment
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to declare that all individuals have a natural, inherent and inalienable right to grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health, and well-being?
Yes [Yes, Maine should add a “right to food” to the state constitution]
No [No, Maine shouldn’t make this change.]
Here is a physical copy of an absentee ballot for illustration.