March 23, 2018
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State to decide whether to approve voting question

The Associated Press

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.

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