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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Secretary of State Announces Inadequate Signatures
On January 30, 2006 , petitions containing 60,524 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 Authorize a Tribal Commercial Track and Slot Machines in Washington County . 1
Following a review of the petitions I find the following signatures to be invalid for the following reasons:
8,212 signatures are invalid because they were not certified by the registrar as belonging to a registered voter in that municipality.
2,430 signatures are invalid because they are duplicates of signatures already counted.
575 signatures are invalid because the circulator's oath was not complete.
476 signatures are invalid because the voter's signature was withdrawn from the petition.
138 signatures are invalid because the residency status of 1 circulator could not be confirmed. (28 signatures found invalid for other reasons are also invalid for this reason.)
341 signatures are invalid because the voter dated his or her signature after the date of the circulator's oath before the notary.
273 signatures are invalid because of material alterations to the petition.
213 signatures are invalid because the voter's signature was made by another.
135 signatures are invalid because the certification of the registrar was not completed.
101 signatures are invalid because the voter failed to provide a signature.
91 signatures are invalid because the petition was not on the approved form.
For the reasons set forth above, I find that 12,985 signatures are invalid. As the investigation of a number of reported irregularities is ongoing, including issues of forgery, the exact number of valid signatures cannot be confirmed at this time. The number of signatures required to determine the petition valid is 50,519. Because the number of signatures deemed invalid to date brings the number of possible valid signatures below the required minimum, I find the petition to be invalid.
Dated: March 1, 2006
Secretary of State
1 An additional 133 petitions were submitted to the Secretary of State on January 31, 2006 . These petitions contained 293 signatures that were certified by municipal officials as belonging to registered voters. Because these petitions were submitted after the filing deadline specified in the Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part Third, Section 18, they were not considered in the review by the Secretary of State.
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