Challenge to Maine vaccine law for schools likely to make ballot

September 20, 2019 | Bangor Daily News

Opponents of a new Maine law that would scrap religious and personal exemptions for vaccines said they had enough signatures to make the March 2020 ballot, while those who looked to repeal abortion and so-called death with dignity laws fell short.

Members of Mainers for Health and Parental Rights, the group opposing the vaccine law passed this year by the Democratic-led Legislature, were in Augusta on Wednesday to turn in 78,000 valid signatures — more than the 63,000 signatures required to suspend the law and put the people’s veto challenge on the ballot — to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s office.

Those signatures must be verified by Dunlap’s office, but it was likely that opponents would prevail in what at first looked to be an uphill attempt to make the March presidential primary ballot. They had less than 90 days to collect signatures and did it mostly with volunteer crews.

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