AUGUSTA — Maine election officials face a deadline this week to decide whether enough voters’ signatures have been turned in to force a people’s veto referendum on voting rights.

Supporters of an effort to preserve election day voter registration turned in more than 68,000 signatures Aug. 8, more than enough to trigger a referendum in November.

That gave the secretary of state’s office a month to certify the petitions and declare the referendum on.

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