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      Charter schools measure officially on Wash. ballot

      OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The charter schools initiative is officially on the Washington state ballot for November.

      Secretary of State Sam Reed announced Wednesday that supporters easily qualified by submitting more than enough signatures.

      The charter schools initiative will be one of five ballot measures on the fall ballot. Voters will also consider gay marriage, decriminalizing marijuana, requiring a supermajority to raise taxes and two constitutional amendments concerning state investments.

      The charter schools measure would allow the independent public schools to be established in Washington state for the first time. Voters have rejected the idea three other times, in 1996, 2000 and 2004.

      Supporters gathered more than 350,000 signatures for charter school Initiative 1240, far more than the minimum requirement of about 241,000. Inspectors found a lower than average error rate, of either invalid or duplicated signatures.

      Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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