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Maine tax veto under scrutiny, notaries didn't notify state of name change

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December 1, 2009

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AUGUSTA, Maine: Opponents of the Maine Tax Code People's Veto, which has been certified for the June 8, 2010 ballot, are challenging the filed petitions. According to opponents the referendum should not be on the ballot because at least two of the notaries that notarized the petitions got married and did not notify the state of a change in the surnames.[1] In November, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap ruled that the measure had collected sufficient valid signatures to place the measure on the ballot.[2] The measure calls for the repeal of an enacted tax code overhaul. The overhaul includes an income tax rate cut, a broadening of the state sales tax to more items and an increase in the state meals and lodging tax. The hearing is expected to take place January 1, 2010.[1]

Richard Winger, a noted ballot access expert, commented on the move to disqualify the signatures, saying, "In the United States, it seems there is almost an infinity of reasons why petitions can be challenged."[1]

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