Officials to rule on voter registration challenge

Posted Sept. 08, 2011, at 5:39 a.m.

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

Secretary of State Charlie Summers is to announce Thursday whether supporters of an effort to preserve Election Day voter registration turned in enough signatures to force a fall referendum.

They said a month ago they had collected more than 68,000 signatures, well over the 57,277 needed to place the question on the ballot. Officials have been reviewing the petitions in the meantime.

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

 

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