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  • Published
    August 16, 2012

    Supreme Court affirms dismissal of Waldoboro voter method lawsuit

    The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Aug. 16 sided with the town of Waldoboro and agreed that a ballot question that voters approved in 2008 did not create an ordinance to require all future elections be held by secret ballot referendum voting at the polls. Plaintiff Dennis Blanchet argued that the voting ordinance should be allowed under the town’s municipal home rule authority. He and several other Waldoboro ...

  • Published
    June 13, 2012

    State Supreme Court hears arguments in Waldoboro voting lawsuit

    What was enacted when Waldoboro voters cast their ballots in 2008 and voted 1,919 to 717 to conduct town business by referendum voting at the polls?That was one question from Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley on June 13 when the court heard oral arguments in the case of Blanchet v. Town of Waldoboro.Dennis Blanchet and the plaintiffs filed an appeal with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court after a ...

  • Published
    May 24, 2012

    Maine Supreme Court to hear Waldoboro voting method case

    The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has scheduled oral arguments in the case of Dennis Blanchet v. Town of Waldoboro for Wednesday, June 13 at 10:50 a.m. at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Dennis Blanchet and the plaintiffs filed an appeal with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court after a judge dismissed the voting-method case in Lincoln County Superior Court in November 2011. The plaintiffs argue that an ...

  • Published
    December 14, 2011

    Plaintiffs to appeal ruling on Waldoboro voting method lawsuit

    Waldoboro citizens who filed a lawsuit to challenge the town's voting method intend to go to the state supreme court to appeal a Superior Court judge's order to dismiss the lawsuit.Justice Jeffrey Hjelm granted the town of Waldoboro’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The order was dated Nov. 14 and filed with the Lincoln County Superior Court on Nov. 28.In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argued that a vote in November ...

  • Published
    November 29, 2011

    Judge dismisses Waldoboro voting method lawsuit

    The lawsuit that challenged the voting procedures in Waldoboro has been dismissed. The lawsuit by nine Waldoboro citizens asked the Lincoln County Superior Court to declare invalid the votes taken at a special open town meeting in July and to set a new tax rate based on a new vote. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm granted the town of Waldoboro’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The plaintiffs argued that a vote in ...

  • Published
    September 15, 2011

    Waldoboro voting methods lawsuit focuses on ballot articles

    The plaintiffs in the Waldoboro voting methods lawsuit are drawing a distinction between voting for municipal officials (members of the Board of Selectmen) and warrant articles (funding for a town department). In court filings this week, the plaintiffs argue that no town charter is required to control the method of voting on articles, and state law does not prohibit an ordinance requiring referendum voting.Plainti...

  • Published
    August 31, 2011

    Waldoboro lawsuit impacts bond refinancing

    The pending lawsuit against the town of Waldoboro about voting methods will likely impact the refinancing of a bond for the water department, according to the town manager.In the lawsuit, nine Waldoboro residents have challenged the voting procedure for a special open town meeting on July 9. Those plaintiffs argue that the town should follow a November 2008 vote where Waldoboro residents voted 1,919 to 717 to ...

  • Published
    August 31, 2011

    Defendants file motion to dismiss lawsuit against Waldoboro

    A lawyer for Waldoboro has filed a response to the lawsuit that asks the Lincoln County Superior Court to declare invalid the votes taken at a special open town meeting on July 9 and to set a new tax rate based on a new vote. Attorney William Kelly also filed a motion to dismiss.In the Lincoln County Superior Court filing, Kelly said the town denies there is a voting method ordinance that requires elections to be ...

  • Published
    August 24, 2011

    Waldoboro prepares to respond to lawsuit

    A lawyer for the town of Waldoboro said he plans to respond later this week to a lawsuit that asks the Lincoln County Superior Court to declare invalid the votes taken at a special open town meeting on July 9 and to set a new tax rate based on a new vote.Attorney William Kelly said he plans to file a motion to dismiss in response to the lawsuit. He said the court has no role in this issue if the election was ...

  • Published
    August 10, 2011

    Waldoboro citizens sue town over July votes

    Nine Waldoboro residents have asked the Lincoln County Superior Court to declare invalid the votes taken at a special open town meeting on July 9 and to set a new tax rate based on a new vote. The July 9 open town meeting was called by the Board of Selectmen after several articles failed at the polls on June 14. The failed articles included funding for the departments such as office of the town manager, police, ...

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