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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- 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 measure would allow the independent public schools to be established in Washington state for the first time.

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.

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.

The charter school measure brings the issue before the voters for a fourth try. The idea was narrowly defeated in 2000 and lost by larger majorities in 1996 and 2004.

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