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Dunlap Says There Aren't Enough Signatures For Ranked-Choice Referendum

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Steve Mistler
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Maine Public

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has reaffirmed his decision that opponents of ranked-choice voting failed to submit enough valid signatures for another referendum. 

The "amended determination" will now be considered by a Cumberland County Superior Court judge in a lawsuit. The Republican Party is backing the referendum question aimed at nullifying a law passed by the Legislature in 2019 that extends the ranked-choice system to presidential primaries and presidential elections in Maine.

Dunlap previously ruled that the effort failed to reach 63,067 valid signatures needed to gain a spot on the statewide ballot. Wednesday evening, Dunlap came to the same conclusion after another review of petitions.