Secretary of State Shenna Bellows is now accepting public comment on the wording of the citizen’s initiative question that will appear on the Nov. 2, 2021, Referendum Election ballot.

The Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions has certified one citizen’s initiative that will go before voters: An Act To Require Legislative Approval of Certain Transmission Lines, Require Legislative Approval of Certain Transmission Lines and Facilities and Other Projects on Public Reserved Lands and Prohibit the Construction of Certain Transmission Lines in the Upper Kennebec Region.

The ballot question for this legislation, as drafted, reads:

*”Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to vote on other such projects in Maine retroactive to 2014, with a two-thirds vote required if a project uses public lands?”*

State law requires Secretary Bellows to present the proposed legislation concisely and intelligibly as a ballot question. She will be accepting public comments regarding the questions form and content for a 30-day period, beginning today, Tuesday, April 13 until 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021. All comments will be reviewed and considered before the ballot question is finalized.

Comments will be accepted via the online submission form, email, mail or in person. Use the comment submission form at

The full text of the proposed legislation is available on the Citizens Initiatives webpage at, along with proponent information.


Megan Diver

Megan has worked in Maine politics for more than ten years and all of her professional career, having served in many roles for elected officials (including former Secretary of State Charlie Summers), in-house with the Maine Association of REALTORS®, legislative specialist at Pierce Atwood LLP providing lobbying services and support to Pierce Atwood’s government relations clients and most recently senior government relations specialist at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Megan currently is the Vice President at the Maine Energy Marketers Association, utilizing her vast knowledge and legislative experience at the State House to represent MEMA on policies relating to the Association and its members.