Time runs out in Maine as two initiative efforts file signatures

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January 21, 2011


By Al Ortiz

AUGUSTA, Maine: Time is up in the state of Maine, as January 20 marked the end of the circulation period for initiative petitions. Groups must have turned in their signatures to the Maine Secretary of State's office by the end of the business day. However, only two of the five initiative efforts circulating petitions filed their signatures with the Secretary of State's office, according to the state elections division at the beginning of the January 21 business day. One of the initiative efforts, a slot machine facility proposal, turned in signatures days before the deadline. According to petition drive organizer Stavros Mendros, "We figure we'll have 7,000 to 8,000 extra (signatures)."

The two measures are indirect initiated state statutes, which means, in order to place the measure on the 2011 ballot a minimum of 58,054 valid signatures are required to be turned in. If the required amount of signatures have been verified by the Secretary of State, the measures will go to the state legislature for review. If legislators don't vote to adopt a similar law, it will remain on the November 2011 ballot. The deadlines for the Maine Secretary of State to verify those signatures are as follows:

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