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

Aug 16, 2020

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. 

Dunlap, pictured here in 2018, has reaffirmed his decision that opponents of ranked choice voting failed to submit enough valid signatures for another referendum.
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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.