September 25, 2017
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Groups could get more time in Portland petitions

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland City Council is going to consider a measure that would allow more time for groups collecting signatures to put items on the city’s ballot.

The council is expected to vote next month on whether to allow a 10-day extension for petitioners who have too many signatures invalidated by the City Clerk’s office.

City Councilor David Marshall said the city should err toward letting referendums on the ballot.

The move came a month after the group Sensible Portland fell 93 votes short of getting a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot that would have asked voters to make enforcement of marijuana laws a low priority.

The Portland Press Herald said 1,500 signatures are needed to get a referendum on the ballot in the city.

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