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For Immediate Release 
July 28, 2005
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8404

Secretary of State Dunlap Verifies Enough Signatures to Place
People's Veto of Anti-Discrimination Law on November Ballot

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matt hew Dunlap announced on Thursday that enough valid signatures have been submitted to place a people's veto question on the November 8, 2005 General Election ballot.

The number of valid signatures required for this action was 50,519 (10% of the vote total in the last gubernatorial election of 2002). Secretary of State Dunlap announced that 56,650 signatures have been accepted, while 6,826 were rejected.

The people's veto question on the November ballot will read: “Do you want to reject the new law that would protect people from discrimination in employment, housing, education, public accommodations and credit based on their sexual orientation?”

If approved by voters, the veto would overturn Chapter 10 of the Public Laws of 2005: “An Act to Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation.” The law was passed earlier this year, but is on hold pending the outcome of this people's veto process.

“This determination follows a careful review of 5,869 petitions containing over 63,000 signatures. The staff members in Maine's Elections Division deserve much credit for their thoroughness and dedication. They worked diligently to review each petition and to verify a tremendous amount of important information,” Secretary Dunlap commented.

As a result of today's decision, a proclamation will be issued calling for a vote. A five day period of challenges to this ruling is also underway. Article IV, Part Third, Sections 17, 19, 20, and 22 of the Maine Constitution and Title 21-A, Chapter 11 address the procedures relative to a people's veto referendum. Additional information about the People's Veto process is available online at www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/peoppak.htm.

STATE OF MAINE
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE

DETERMINATION OF THE VALIDITY
OF A PETITION FOR PEOPLE'S VETO OF LEGISLATION ENTITLED:

“An Act To Extend Civil Rights Protections
to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation”

1. On June 28, 2005 , petitions containing 63,476 signatures were submitted to the Secretary of State pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Section 17 on behalf of the people's veto on the legislation entitled, “An Act To Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation”.

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

A.

4,327 signatures are invalid because they were not certified by the registrar as belonging to a registered voter in that municipality.

B.

904 signatures are invalid because they are duplicates of signatures already counted.

C.

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

D.

333 signatures are invalid because the petitioner dated his or her signature after the date of the circulator's oath before the notary.

E.

281 signatures are invalid because of material alterations to the petition.

F.

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

G.

81 signatures are invalid because the petitioner failed to provide a signature.

H.

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

I.

57 signatures are invalid because the registered voter's signature was made by another.

J.

19 signatures are invalid because the notary was related to the circulator.

K.

7 signatures are invalid because the circulator was not registered to vote in the State of Maine.

L. 1 signature is invalid because the petitioner requested that his signature be withdrawn from the petition.

 

3. For the reasons set forth above, I find that 6,826 signatures are invalid. Petitioners have therefore submitted 56,650 valid signatures. The number of signatures required to determine the petition to be valid is 50,519. Because the number of valid signatures exceeds the required number by 6,131 signatures, I find the petition to be valid.

Dated: July 28, 2005

_______________________________
Matt hew Dunlap
Secretary of State