Signature gathering ceases, Maine petition drive deadline arrives

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January 30, 2012


By Al Ortiz

AUGUSTA, Maine: The big day for initiative supporters in the state of Maine has arrived. Today, January 30, marks the petition drive deadline, as any and all ballot initiative efforts that hope to place their proposal on the 2012 ballot must submit collected signatures to the Maine Secretary of State's office by the end of the business day.

In order for a measure to be placed on the ballot, 57,277 signatures need to be submitted. Signatures must be obtained from registered voters in the state. If enough signatures are collected, a measure would then be sent to the Maine State Legislature for review. If the lawmaking body chooses not to enact a measure into a law, it then gets sent to the 2012 ballot for a public vote.

According to the Maine Secretary of State's website, six proposals were approved for circulation for a possible 2012 vote. Most notably, a same sex marriage question effort claims to have collected enough signatures for the ballot. Equality Maine collected about 100,000 signatures; 36,000 of those signatures were collected on Election Day, November 6, 2011, surpassing the required number.

The following is a list of the measures that were approved for circulation. Updates will be give at the end of the day announcing which initiative efforts submitted signatures by the deadline:

Type Title Subject Description
IndISS Same-Sex Marriage Question Marriage Would overturn a ban on gay marriage in the state.
IndISS Renewable Energy Resources Initiative Energy State utilities to get 20% of power from renewable energy sources by 2020.
IndISS Campaign Promises Question Campaigns Deals with public office campaigns and campaign promises.
IndISS Forest Industry Employment Question Labor Deals with employment opportunities for state workers in the forest industry.
IndISS Minimum Sentence for Sex Offenders Question Law enforcement Minimum sentence for offenders who commit crime against victim 12 or under
IndISS Electronic Beano Question Gambling Would authorize two Indian tribes to conduct electronic Beano

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