Quote:Maine officials have blocked a marijuana legalization initiative from appearing on November ballots, citing one public notary’s allegedly inconsistent signature. The Wednesday decision infuriated the measure’s backers, who say they will fight the “handwriting technicality” in court.
Quote:More than 17,000 otherwise valid signatures were invalidated because of the one notary's signature being called into question, the Maine Secretary of State’s office said. If they had been counted, the campaign would have comfortably cleared the 61,123 signature threshold for ballot access.
Quote:Though his office now says it did not reach out to the notary, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap gave some listeners the opposite impression Wednesday, when he told Maine Public Radio “it became apparent to us that we could not get good answers to our questions about the relationship between the notary and the circulator.”
That comment gave campaigners the impression questions had been asked of the notary, something Boyer says he found to be untrue as the person told him they had not been contacted at all.
This initiative is expected to pass in Maine and a handful of officials are trying to stop it. A decision must be made in superior court within 40 days. I guess we will see.
What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice