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Two major new initiatives get on the November ballot


The state’s two big initiative campaigns have gone over the top, meaning that Washington voters will get two more chances this November to say yes to a pair of hardy perennials—charter schools and the state’s two-thirds-for-taxes rule.

Supporters of the measures showed up at the state elections office on deadline day with more than enough signatures to assure a place on the ballot. The charter schools campaign, I-1240, presented more than 350,000 signatures. The two-thirds-for-taxes campaign, I-1185, presented more than 318,000. The legal requirement is 241,153, and the Secretary of State’s office maintains that 320,000 offers a near-perfect margin of safety.

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