Protect Maine Votes raises $278,000 in three-month period

Posted Oct. 06, 2011, at 10:15 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A campaign group pushing for restoration of Maine’s Election Day voter registration law says it raised nearly $278,000 during the three months ending last Friday.

The Protect Maine Votes coalition’s report to the state ethics commission says it spent more than $171,000 during the same period. The biggest chunk of spending, $104,000, went to coalition partners to oversee and manage more volunteers during the petition drive that launched the campaign.

The contributions reported by the group include cash and in-kind donations.

Protect Maine Votes is asking voters to approve Question 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot. It asks for repeal of a state law requiring voters to register at least two business days before an election. Passage would restore Maine’s law allowing registration up to and including Election Day.

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