An Act To Provide for Nonpartisan Elections for the Office of District Attorney
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §331, sub-§3, ¶B, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 161, §6, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §333, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 161, §6, is amended to read:
§ 333. Qualification for county office
A candidate for any county office other than district attorney must be a resident of and a voter in the electoral division he the candidate seeks to represent on the date established for filing primary petitions in the year he the candidate seeks election. He The candidate must maintain a voting residence in that electoral division during his the term of office.
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §353, as amended by PL 2009, c. 253, §19, is further amended to read:
§ 353. Qualification of candidate for nomination by petition
A person who seeks nomination by petition qualifies by filing a nomination petition and consent as provided in sections 354 and 355. If Except for a candidate for district attorney, if enrolled, the person must also withdraw enrollment in a party on or before March 1st to be eligible to file a petition as a candidate in that election year, as provided in section 145. The registrar in the candidate's municipality of residence must certify to that fact on a form designed by the Secretary of State. A candidate for district attorney seeking nomination by petition may continue to be enrolled in a party but may not include that designation on the nomination petition.
Sec. 4. 30-A MRSA §251, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 1987, c. 737, Pt. A, §2 and Pt. C, §106 and amended by PL 1989, c. 6; c. 9, §2 and c. 104, Pt. C, §§8 and 10, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 30-A MRSA §252, sub-§2, as amended by PL 1995, c. 245, §5, is further amended to read:
This bill requires that a district attorney be elected on a nonpartisan ballot and that a vacancy in the office must be filled without regard to political affiliation. A candidate for district attorney must qualify by filing a nomination petition, although the candidate is not required to unenroll from a party. A candidate for district attorney may not include party affiliation on the nomination petition.