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Mainers Voting on Expanded Public Campaign Finance, Bonds

PORTLAND, Maine — Mainers are going to the polls to vote on whether to approve changes to the state's campaign finance rules and authorize $100 million in bonds.

The Mainers for Accountable Elections coalition wants voters to approve an overhaul it says will strengthen the campaign finance law, which gives public money to candidates running for governor and the Legislature.

The bonds are divided between two questions. One would authorize $85 million for infrastructure projects. Most of the money would pay to construct, reconstruct or rehabilitate state highways and replace and rehab bridges.

The other question would provide $15 million for housing for seniors. Most of the money would be used to build new, affordable homes for low-income households headed by a person who is over 55 years old.