Lawmakers vote to sustain LePage's veto of election funding bill

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Lawmakers voted to uphold Governor LePage's veto of a bill for funding for ranked-choice voting.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says the bill was needed to make sure Maine can pay its bills on time for the November election.

Some of the costs include additional ballots and leasing of software.

While Republican leader Ken Fredette says this is a matter that doesn't need to be addressed now, Democratic Speaker of the House Sara Gideon says there will be penalties for not overriding the veto.

"We had previously stripped that bill of the emergency measure. So, what that means is that bill wouldn't get paid until January anyway. So, we then sustained the governor's veto. We'll let the legislature deal with it in January when they're back in session," said Fredette.

"We're still going to be paying our bill but we're going to be paying it late. That means we'll be accruing extra cost and interest, approximately $10,000. So, it's really, unfortunately, a waste of our taxpayer dollars, for what reason, I am still, still unclear," said Gideon.

This veto is likely the last one LePage will make during his time as governor.