The group collecting signatures to get cannabis legalization on the ballot in Maine this November has failed to submit enough valid signatures, according to the state.
A total of 99,229 signatures were collected on behalf of the “Marijuana Legalization Act,” but the state said only 51,543 were valid–shy of the required minimum of 61,123 valid signatures from registered Maine voters.
Here’s the decision that breaks down why some of the signatures were determined to be invalid.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, released a statement following the decision from Maine’s Office of the Secretary of State.
“We are very disappointed by the Secretary of State’s determination. Based on documents they have provided, it appears that more than 17,000 valid signatures from registered Maine voters were excluded from the count because the signature of a single notary — whose notary commission has not expired — did not exactly match the signature the state has on file for that notary. We are exploring all legal means available to appeal this determination, and we sincerely hope that 17,000-plus Maine citizens will not be disenfranchised due to a handwriting technicality.”