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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 Establish the Maine Medical Marijuana Act”

1. On January 21, 2009 , petitions containing 72,775 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 Establish the Maine Medical Marijuana Act”.

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

A. 9,279 signatures are invalid because they were not certified by the registrar as belonging to a registered voter in that municipality.

B. 2,769 signatures are invalid because they are duplicates of signatures already counted.

C. 1,321 signatures are invalid because the circulators collected signatures prior to becoming registered to vote in the State of Maine .

D. 1,293 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; or the voter's signature had no year in the date and it could not be determined whether the voter signed the petition more than one year prior to the date that the petition was filed in the office of the Secretary of State.

E. 877 signatures are invalid because the circulator's oath was not complete.

F. 497 signatures are invalid because the voter's signature was withdrawn (crossed out) on the petition.

G. 407 signatures are invalid because the signature of the circulator and the signature of the notary appear to be made by the same person.

H. 228 signatures are invalid because the voter registration status of the circulators who collected those signatures could not be confirmed.

I. 199 signatures are invalid because the petition was submitted to the municipal registrar for determination of whether the petitioners were qualified voters after the deadline set by the Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part Third, Section 20.

J. 130 signatures are invalid because the petition was not on the approved form.

K. 108 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.

L. 92 signatures are invalid because the residency status of the circulator who collected those signatures could not be confirmed.

M. 89 signatures are invalid because the certification of the registrar was not completed.

N. 52 signatures are invalid because the voter failed to provide a signature.

O. 16 signatures are invalid because the voter's signature appears to have been made by another.

P. 10 signatures are invalid because of material alterations to the petition.

3. For the reasons set forth above, I find that 17,367 signatures are invalid. Petitioners have therefore submitted 55,408 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