AUGUSTA — Maine election officials have determined that a sufficient number of voters’ signatures have been turned in to force a people’s veto referendum this November on voting rights.

Secretary of State Charlie Summers announced today that supporters of an effort to preserve election day voter registration turned in enough signatures to force the statewide referendum.

They said a month ago they had collected more than 68,000 signatures, well over the 57,277 needed to place the question on the ballot. Officials have been reviewing the petitions in the meantime.

The Protect Maine Votes coalition – 18 groups that include organized labor, civil libertarians, consumer and public health advocates, disabled and homeless groups – wants to repeal a newly enacted state law that requires registration at least two business days before an election.