Maine law court upholds ballot decision

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court has upheld a judge's decision that is keeping a Bangor man's name off the gubernatorial ballot.

The state supreme court on Thursday upheld the secretary of state's action rejecting electronic copies of petition signatures Alex Hammer had collected to qualify as an independent candidate for governor.

Hammer had filed a complaint claiming state law does not specifically prohibit electronic copies of petitions from being submitted to town clerks to verify signatures. A Superior Court justice in September ruled the law doesn't allow for electronic copies.

Hammer said Friday his arguments and legal precedent "have been virtually ignored" and he plans to take the case to federal court.

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