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Some fraudulent signatures found for R-74

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The secretary of state's office says that about 1,000 of the nearly 250,000 signatures submitted to qualify a referendum on gay marriage in Washington state appear to be fraudulent.

State elections officials are in the midst of verifying the signatures turned in last week for Referendum 74. The referendum seeks to overturn the measure allowing same-sex marriage in the state. That law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this year.

David Ammons, a spokesman for Secretary of State Same Reed, said Monday that over the weekend, signature verifiers found that the signatures in question did not match the names of legitimate registered voters on file. Ammons says the 50 petition sheets that the signatures were on were circulated by the same individual, apparently a paid signature solicitor.