South Portland rejects charter amendments

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Residents voted against two amendments to the City Charter on Election Day.

If approved, the first would have amended Sections 424 and 703. Voting district representation on the Board of Assessment Review and Civil Service Commission would be eliminated, though up to three members from any one voting district would be permitted to simultaneously serve on both entities. This proposal was rejected 5,800 to 4,572, with 2,083 voters leaving the question blank.

The second amendment would have affected Sections 1001, 1002, 1003 and 1004 of the Charter, and would eliminate the requirement of one polling place for each of the five voting districts. The amendment would have also changed the status of election wardens and ward clerks from elected officials to appointed officials. This proposal was defeated 6,913 votes to 3,841 votes. There were 1,701 blanks submitted.