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Baseball petition now has enough valid signatures, moves on to city

Published: Jun. 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2012 at 8:47 PM EDT
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New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Marvin McFadyen said the board has verified that...
New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Marvin McFadyen said the board has verified that 2,848 of the submitted signatures are valid

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A group that has been fighting to let voters decide on the future of baseball in Wilmington now has enough signatures to get a measure on the ballot. The leaders of the movement against a taxpayer-funded stadium are calling it a win.

"To us, it's a victory," Ben McCoy said. "If the issue's on the ballot, it's a victory for us because our core feeling is that the voters should have a chance to decide this."

New Hanover County Board of Elections Director Marvin McFadyen said the board has verified that 2,848 of the submitted signatures are valid. That's six more than the 2,842 the group needed.

McFadyen said 3,776 signatures were submitted to the elections board. He said it is now in the city's hands to decide what to do next.

Last week, the group was 14 signatures short and they then submitted more than 70 additional signatures. After the board noticed several pages they received were for a different petition, several more names were thrown out.

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