AUGUSTA  — Nonparty candidates for Maine governor are facing a deadline to qualify for the November ballot.

To be on the ballot, independents must turn in by 5 p.m. today petitions containing at least 4,000 voters’ signatures. The signatures must then be certified as authentic by town and city voter registrars.

So far, three independents have beaten the deadline: Eliot Cutler of Cape Elizabeth, Kevin Scott of Andover and Shawn Moody of Gorham. They face prospects of running against the winners of next Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries.

Seven other independents are listed as candidates on the website of state campaign regulators.

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