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Signatures rejected in Maui anti-GMO ballot effort

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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - More than half of the signatures collected to get an anti-genetically modified foods measure on the Nov. 4 ballot in Maui County were rejected.

Organizers collected more than 9,700 signatures, but the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday about 5,000 were rejected by the Maui County Clerk.

The initiative would seek to ban genetically modified organisms in Maui County.

To get on the general election ballot, an initiative petition must have about 8,500 valid signatures, or 20 percent of the number of people who voted in the last mayoral election.

After duplicates and signatures with incorrect information were rejected, the petitioners were left with about 4,700 signatures. The rejection rate was on par with past races.

Organizers told the Maui News they've gathered more signatures that they're working to verify.

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