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STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE 

DETERMINATION OF THE VALIDITY OF A PETITION FOR INITIATED LEGISLATION ENTITLED: 

“An Act to Decrease the Automobile Excise Tax and Promote Energy Efficiency”

1. On November 3, 2008 , petitions containing 70,223 signatures were submitted to the Secretary of State pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Section 18 on behalf of the initiated legislation entitled, “An Act to Decrease the Automobile Excise Tax and Promote Energy Efficiency”.

2. Following a review of the petitions, I find the following signatures to be invalid for the following reasons:

A. 5,894 signatures are invalid because they were not certified by the registrar as belonging to a registered voter in that municipality.

B. 3,646 signatures are invalid because they are duplicates of signatures already counted.

C. 1,204 signatures are invalid because the circulator's oath was not complete.

D. 540 signatures are invalid because of material alterations to the petition.

E. 374 signatures are invalid because the voter's signature was withdrawn (crossed out) on the petition.

F. 288 signatures are invalid because the voter registration status of the circulator who collected those signatures could not be confirmed.

G. 111 signatures are invalid because the voter dated his or her signature after the date of the circulator's oath before the notary or the voter's signature was not dated and it could not be determined that the voter signed the petition before the circulator took the oath.

H. 84 signatures are invalid because the petitioner's signature was dated more than one year prior to the date that the petition was filed in the office of the Secretary of State.

I. 46 signatures are invalid because the voter failed to provide a signature.

J. 19 signatures are invalid because the voter's signature appears to have been made by another.

K. 15 signatures are invalid because the certification of the registrar was not completed.

3. For the reasons set forth above, I find that 12,221 signatures are invalid. Petitioners have therefore submitted 58,002 valid signatures. The number of signatures required to determine the petition to be valid is 55,087. As petitioners have submitted a sufficient number of valid signatures, I find the petition to be valid.

 

Dated: February 23, 2009

 

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Matthew Dunlap
Secretary of State