December 21, 2012

Maine election panel to begin drafting report

The five-member Commission to Study the Conduct of Elections has completed series of hearings around the state to gather public input.

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Now that its schedule of hearings is complete, a panel that's looking to correct problems in Maine's election process is starting work on its report.

The five-member Commission to Study the Conduct of Elections in Maine meets Friday at the secretary of state's office in Augusta to begin drafting its report.

The commission's findings and any recommended legislation must be presented to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs by Feb. 1.

The panel was appointed in May to study the voter registration process, voter participation and how elections are conducted. A series of public hearings were held around the state to help the commission better understand how Mainers view the state's voting process and how they think it can be improved.

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