The wording of the citizens’ initiative question entitled “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” that will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 Referendum Election ballot is now finalized, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows announced Monday. The question will be as follows:

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?

The full text of the proposed bill is available for viewing on the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions Citizens Initiatives webpage , along with proponent information.

Secretary Bellows received 119 comments on the proposed ballot question during the 30-day public comment period, which was open Tuesday, April 13 through Thursday, May 13. These comments, from individuals and organizations throughout the state, were taken into consideration to draft the final language of the ballot question.

The Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions will be creating a Citizens Guide to the 2021 Election in the coming months and all voters are encouraged to read it to inform themselves of the details of the bill.

In addition to the citizens initiative question, the November Referendum Election ballot may also include bond issues, Constitutional Resolutions or other referenda questions that the Legislature chooses to send to the voters. Any such ballot questions will be included on the Upcoming Elections page .

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.