State to decide whether to approve voting question

Posted Sept. 06, 2011, at 10:46 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 06, 2011, at 11:36 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine election officials face a deadline this week to decide whether enough voters’ signatures have been turned in to force a people’s veto referendum on voting rights.

Supporters of an effort to preserve election day voter registration turned in more than 68,000 signatures Aug. 8, more than enough to trigger a referendum in November.

That gave the secretary of state’s office a month to certify the petitions and declare the referendum on.

The Protect Maine Votes coalition — 18 groups that include organized labor, civil libertarians, consumer and public health advocates, and disabled and homeless groups — is seeking to repeal a state law that requires registration at least two business days before an election.