The secretary of state invalidated hundreds of signatures that were collected to force a referendum on a hydropower transmission corridor, but enough remained to get the measure on the ballot.
Maine election officials invalidated hundreds more signatures that were collected to force a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor, but there were still enough valid signatures to surpass the threshold for a statewide vote in November.
The court-ordered review led to a final count of 16,332 signatures being invalidated for various reasons, but there were enough valid signatures to clear the hurdle by 3,050 votes, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap concluded. The threshold was about 63,000 signatures.
The review corroborated a lawsuit’s claims that some notaries hired by opponents of the project violated state law by engaging in other campaign activities, and that some of the signatures were forged................................................
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