Noncitizen voting proposal still alive in Portland

Posted July 31, 2010, at 1 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An effort to give voting rights to noncitizens in Maine’s largest city came up short. But that’s not the final word.

Backers have another 10 days under state law to come up with 263 valid signatures to meet the threshold to put the proposal on the Portland ballot.

Petitioners need at least 4,487 valid signatures. They submitted 5,110 signatures on July 14, but the city clerk rejected nearly 900 signatures. Will Everitt of the League of Young Voters tells the Portland Press Herald that it’s “sudden-death overtime” for the proposal.

The ballot initiative would let noncitizens vote in city elections if they can prove they reside in Portland. The law doesn’t apply to state or federal elections.

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