The Bangor Daily News reports:
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.
Cara Sacks, a co-chair of the group opposing the law, said at a Wednesday news conference that more than 800 people collected signatures. She said her group was not against vaccines, but it believes in “informed consent and the right to choose what is injected into our bodies.”
Maine is considering adding a ballot question to ask voters “to overturn a state law eliminating nonmedical vaccine exemptions for school children,” due to efforts from members of the anti-vaccination movement.https://t.co/Ds4ulA1ptY
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