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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 Repeal the School District Consolidation Laws”

1. On October 17, 2008 , petitions containing 66,357 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 Repeal the School District Consolidation Laws”.

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

A. 5,084 signatures are invalid because they were not certified by the registrar as belonging to a registered voter in that municipality.

B. 1,964 signatures are invalid because they are duplicates of signatures already counted.

C. 468 signatures are invalid because the circulator's oath was not complete.

D. 342 signatures are invalid because the voter's signature was withdrawn (crossed out) on the petition.

E. 131 signatures are invalid because of material alterations to the petition.

F. 120 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.

G. 18 signatures are invalid because the voter's signature appears to have been made by another.

H. 18 signatures are invalid because the circulators collected signatures prior to becoming registered to vote in the State of Maine .

I. 17 signatures are invalid because the voter failed to provide a signature.

J. 2 signatures are invalid because the voter registration status of the circulator who collected those signatures could not be confirmed.

3. For the reasons set forth above, I find that 8,164 signatures are invalid. Petitioners have therefore submitted 58,193 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