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Pot Vote In Maine Comes Down To 1 Disputed Signature

Pot Vote In Maine Comes Down To 1 Disputed Signature

By Zachary Babin - March 10, 2016

Associated PressAUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The ability of Maine voters to decide in November whether to legalize marijuana comes down to 1 pot vote in Maine of one man’s disputed signature, a notary.

His name is Stavros J. Mendros. He’s a former lawmaker from Lewiston who was hired to help gather signatures.

At issue is the validity of his signature at the bottom of 5,099 petitions rejected by election officials. About 17,000 signatures are on those petitions — enough to put the question on the state ballot if the petitions are validated.

State elections officials have thrown out the petitions, saying the notary’s signature doesn’t match the signature on file.

David Boyer of the pro-marijuana campaign said Mendros’ signature is in question. The group Thursday is filing a lawsuit that challenges the state’s decision.

Associated Press