All Maine voters were asked the same referendum questions and offered opinions on a $100 million bond. The questions are as follows, with results from Waldo County towns updated as they become available election night:

Question 1: Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance? A "yes" vote would approve this measure, a "no" vote would keep Maine's current regulation of marijuana (for medical purposes only) on the books.

 

Question 2: Do you want to add a 3 percent tax on individual Maine taxable income above $200,000 to create a state fund for kindergarten through 12th grade public education? A "yes" vote would tax Maine households earning more than $200,000 each year $30 for every $1,000 over $200,000. It is estimated to generate $157 million the first year and would be earmarked for “direct support” of student learning and administered by state education officials. A "no" vote opposes the measure.

Question 3: Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions, and shooting range activity? A "yes" vote would expand Maine's background checks on guns sold or transferred between private individuals. It seeks to close a perceived loophole in Maine law that could allow individuals prohibited from possessing firearms – such as convicted felons and those with severe mental illness – to purchase guns on the private market without undergoing a background check. A "no" vote opposes this measure.

Question 4: Do you want to raise the minimum hourly wage of $7.50 to $9 in 2017, with annual $1 increases up to $12 in 2020, and annual cost-of-living increases thereafter; and do you want to raise the direct wage for service workers who receive tips from half the minimum wage to $5 in 2017, with annual $1 increases until it reaches the adjusted minimum wage? A "yes" vote would incrementally raise the state's minimum wage to $12 by 2020 and subsequent raises would indexed to inflation and would gradually increase the minimum wage for tipped workers — now pegged at $3.75 an hour — until it reached the full minimum in 2024. A "no" vote opposes this measure.

Question 5: Do you want to allow voters to rank their choices of candidates in elections for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, State Senate, and State Representative, and to have ballots counted at the state level in multiple rounds in which last-place candidates are eliminated until a candidate wins by majority? A "yes" vote would allow voters to rank the candidates on the ballot in order of preference. If no one has a majority, the one with the fewest votes is eliminated and all the people who voted for that candidate would have their second choice counted. Whoever has the most among the two remaining candidates would win. A "no" vote opposes this measure and would keep voting as it is today.

Question 6: Do you favor a $100 million bond issue for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities, equipment and property acquisition related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137 million in federal and other funds? A "yes" vote approves a $100 million bond to be used as a match a $137 million in federal funds and a "no" vote opposes it.

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