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Ark. casino measure meets signature requirement

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas election officials say a casino legalization proposal that the state Supreme Court is considering whether to allow on the ballot has met the minimum number of signatures required.

The secretary of state's office on Friday said that professional poker player Nancy Todd had submitted 95,687 valid signatures from registered voters. Todd needed at least 78,133 signatures to qualify her proposed amendment for the ballot.

The Supreme Court is considering Todd's lawsuit challenging the state's decision to reject her proposal from the November ballot. State officials say her measure doesn't inform voters that it would implicitly repeal a law allowing tracks to offer electronic gambling such as video poker.

Todd's proposal would give her exclusive rights to operate casinos in four counties. Justices heard oral arguments Thursday in Todd's lawsuit.

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