BY STEPHEN REID AND ANISA VENNER-JOHNSTON
BANGOR – As of 2 a.m. on Nov. 9, 2016, because of press time, it cannot be determined the outcome of the Maine referendum questions, but prediction results of the questions are in.
Questions 1 and 2 are likely to be passed by a small 1-2% margin. Question 3 however is not likely to pass, losing by the same margin Questions 1 and 2 are passing with. This years referendum questions posed a lot of debate among voters, especially on Question 3.
Gun control has voters going back and forth in debate on whether or not it is necessary for this bill to pass. “I know there are concerns about guns… but I don’t think background checks will prevent those things.” as said by Sarah Prill of Bangor.
However for the opposition to what Prill says is backed by Denise Savoy of Bangor. “Too many people have guns, that shouldn’t have them.” said Savoy. “With the amount of mass shootings, it’s time to do something.” added Amy Golden of Bangor.
According to interviews, the concern for gun violence in this country seems to have swayed some voters towards allowing for background checks. But according to Maine polls on Question 3, background checks are looking to be unnecessary.
Whether or not Maine should legalize marijuana has been a big question for several years. Since the legalization of medical marijuana in 1999, legalization of recreational use has been on the uprise.
“If Maine gets money, they’ll blow it everywhere.” says Denise Savoy of Bangor. She then claims that “Maine has a drug problem.” Eric Tweedie of Old Town also said, “Marijuana is likely a gateway drug… and will lead to accidents and other social incidents.” showing that there is a concern for the drug use in Maine pre referendum results.
With Question 2, there was less publicity that came as compared to Questions 1 and 3. Jeff Henderson of Old Town said, “I think the money toward education, especially rural ones, is important.” Golden also said, “It’s good to have more money to the poor schools” showing a concern for schools with a lower income and education being important to Mainers.