We are very close to having enough signatures to put the Clean Energy Jobs Initiative on the ballot—but we’re not quite at the required number of 57,277. Maine Citizens for Clean Energy will continue to collect signatures, so that we can qualify for the ballot in 2013.
Going for the 2012 ballot was always a race against the clock, and we are incredibly proud of what we were able to accomplish in such a short period. We could not have done it without you. Our coalition went from zero to more than 56,000 validated signatures in the 11 weeks we had—collecting roughly 28,000 signatures on Election Day and nearly 3,000 per week since Election Day.
Signature gathering will continue during the weeks ahead so that Maine people can vote on this measure in 2013. The outpouring of support from hundreds of volunteers and tens of thousands of voters who signed the petition in such a short time shows that Mainers want greater energy independence, more and better jobs, a stronger economy, and cleaner air and water.
Thank you again for your support of our work to advance innovative solutions to our energy challenges that create good jobs for our workers, economic opportunities for our businesses, and strong, sustainable communities in which all Mainers can thrive.
We appreciate your support and hard work to create a clean energy economy in Maine.
Please stay tuned, and many thanks again.