PORTLAND (AP) – The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has denied the appeal of a Dedham woman who failed to register her car and pay excise taxes after living in Maine for two years.

The justices didn’t buy Donna Hall’s claim that she wanted to register the vehicle in her native Louisiana in order to vote there and eventually return to that state to live.

The court found that Hall’s actions indicate that she intended to stay in Maine. The ruling noted that she bought a home, enrolled her daughter in public school and returned to Louisiana for only brief periods.

Except for military personnel and college students, people living in Maine for 30 days or more are required to register their vehicles and pay the state excise tax.

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