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Maine election practices hearing set

August 20, 2012
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AUGUSTA, Maine—A hearing on the conduct of elections in Maine, stemming from allegations improprieties last year, is scheduled for this week.

The Commission to Study the Conduct of Elections in Maine will hold its hearing Thursday at the University of Maine in Augusta.

The commission was formed as a result of legislation that passed earlier this year. It came about after allegations were made last year that ineligible voters had cast ballots in past elections.

That led to an investigation by Secretary of State Charlie Summers, and the creation of the study panel. Summers appointed the commission in May.

Summers, Maine's top election official, says the commission will look at voter participation, the system governing voter registration and the conduct of elections. It may also recommend legislation.

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