Deadline Looms for Maine Same-Day Vote Petitions 

Organizers of a people’s veto campaign to restore Maine’s Election Day voter registration say they’re confident they can force a statewide referendum to overturn a new law that requires registration at least two business days before an election. A coalition called The Protect Maine Votes plans to turn in signatures needed to force a November referendum by this week’s deadline. Campaign spokesman David Farmer says the coalition members are confident they’ve received enough signatures to force the November vote. The group plans to turn in signatures Monday and Tuesday. The coalition needs to present 57,277 valid signatures to the Secretary of State by Tuesday afternoon to force a November referendum. But it could still force a June 2012 vote by turning in the required signatures by late September. (AP)