Every year it happens. Someone isn’t happy with the way state lawmakers handle a complex issue and it’s off to the ballot box (usually accompanied by signature gatherers who’ll say anything to get you to sign a petition). What we get are ballot questions that reduce the most complex issues to a yes or no vote based on campaign rhetoric instead of careful bipartisan consideration. It’s a prescription for bad things to happen, and a sure way to confirm that every complicated question has a simple answer that’s wrong.
Which brings us to the November 8th ballot here in Maine. Let’s take a quick walk through the six ballot questions and see what’s in store for us all.