Petition drive deadline arrives in Maine for 2011 ballot

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January 20, 2011


By Al Ortiz

AUGUSTA, Maine: The day has come for groups hoping to place initiatives on the November 2011 ballot to turn in their signatures. January 20 marks the end of the circulation period for initiative petitions in the state, as groups must turn in their signatures to the Maine Secretary of State's office. All five measures are indirect initiated state statutes. This 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 measure 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 five measures include a proposal to allow medical marijuana in the state, a total repeal of prohibition on marijuana in the state, a question regarding the establishment of a slot machine facility, a proposal dealing with political campaign promises and a measure that would allow for another tribal racino in Washington County.

According to the Maine Secretary of State's office, two of the five circulating initiatives have so far turned in signatures. As previously reported on Ballotpedia, the effort behind the establishment of a slot machine facility was the first to turn in signatures. The second group to turn in signatures did so on January 19, 2011, which was the group behind the initiative to allow for a racino in Washinton County.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the day to find out who filed signatures with the Maine Secretary of State

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