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Ballot initiative supporters in Idaho submit signatures

One initiative would expand Medicaid eligibility and the other would legalize instant horse racing machines.

BOISE - Supporters for two high-profile ballot initiatives say they have collected more than enough signatures to put their issues before voters in November.

Monday was the deadline to halt collecting signatures, with organizers spending Tuesday dropping off signature lists to county clerks to be verified.

One initiative would expand Medicaid eligibility to an estimated 51,000 to 62,000 Idahoans without medical coverage.

The other would legalize lucrative betting terminals known as instant horse machines.

Statewide ballot initiatives must have signatures from 6 percent of the total of those who voted in the last presidential election from 18 legislative districts. That means the groups must have at least 56,192 verified signatures to make it on the November ballot.

County clerks now have until June 30 to ensure the signatures came from registered voters.