Supporters of consumer-owned utility aiming for 2023 ballot

Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 11:07 AM EST
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Supporters of a referendum drive aimed at establishing a consumer-owned utility will extend their time frame for collecting signatures - delaying a potential vote until next year.

Canvassers fell short of their goal of collecting roughly 63,000 signatures for the 2022 ballot. But Stephanie Clifford, campaign manager for Our Power, said they gathered nearly three-quarters of the needed signatures, and will continue their effort in coming months.

The referendum drive gathered steam after Democratic Gov. Janet Mills vetoed a bill to buy out Maine’s privately owned electric utilities and replace them with a consumer-owned utility.

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