Public comments are being accepted about the wording of the citizen’s initiative question that will appear as a referendum on the November 2 election ballot. Comments regarding the question’s form will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. All comments will be reviewed and considered before the ballot question is finalized.

The Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions has certified one citizen’s initiative that will go before voters, called 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 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?”

Comments will be accepted via the online submission form, email, mail or in person:

Visit maine.gov/sos/form/certain-transmission-lines to submit a comment via an online form. Email publiccomment.sos@maine.gov, with the subject line “Public Comment.” Mail comments to the Secretary of State, attn: Public Comment, 148 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0148.

Deliver written comments to the Office of the Secretary of State at the Nash School Building, 103 Sewall Street, second floor, Augusta.

Visit maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/citizens/index.html to view the full text of the proposed legislation and proponent information.