PORTLAND, Maine — An error by the Portland City Clerk’s Office has resulted in initiatives on housing and rent being left off the November ballot — disappointing activists in Maine.
In July, the city told the organizations Fair Rent Portland and Give Neighborhoods a Voice that signatures for ballot initiatives had to be turned in by Monday to get them on the ballot. The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2vLocia ) the city reversed course, saying that there would not be enough time for the City Council to hold a public hearing 90 days before the election.
City Hall Communications Director Jessica Grondin says the scheduling oversight was an error and was not intentional. She says she is not sure if a special election will be held for the ballot measures.