Signature gathering ceases, Maine petition drive deadline arrives
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:
|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|
- Laws governing the initiative process in Maine
- Maine 2012 ballot measures
- List of Maine ballot measures