Maine same-day registration veto referendum supporters make signature deadline

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August 9, 2011


AUGUSTA, Maine: The petition drive deadline for the same-day registration veto referendum arrived on August 8, as reports out of the state have claimed signatures were filed with the Maine Secretary of State.[1][2]

According to reports, the Protect Maine Votes coalition stated it had submitted 68,064 signatures to the secretary of state's office, more than the 57,277 signatures required. Reports say that local clerks have validated those signatures. The secretary's office now has thirty days to review the signatures and decide whether the veto referendum is worthy of ballot access this November.

The measure would overturn a same-day election registration repeal signed by the governor on June 21, 2011. The veto effort is being led by Engage Maine, which is directed by Ben Dudley, executive director. The law that the referendum is seeking to overturn in LD 1376.

In order to make the November 2011 ballot, signatures must have been submitted by the August 8, 2011 deadline. However, if that deadline is missed, the same amount of signatures must be submitted by the September 27, 2011 deadline in order to be placed on the June 2012 ballot.

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