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Voters will decide in May 2014 whether to ban genetically modified crops in Jackson County.

Enough of the more than 6,700 signatures submitted by GMO-Free Jackson County were verified to qualify the measure, Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker confirmed Wednesday.

The number of valid signatures well surpassed the required 4,662, Walker said.

Petitioner Brian Comnes of Ashland said the validity rate was 87 percent after a statistical sampling of 10 percent of the names.

“We’re very encouraged by the high success rate … but it will still be a big challenge to get 40,000 yes votes in the election, because the bio-tech crowd always shows up and spends a lot of money to defeat these things,” Comnes said.

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