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Fluoride opponents take fight to ballot

Posted: October 4, 2012 |   Comments

When Multnomah County commissioners legalized gay marriage in 2004 after only token public involvement, citizen outrage helped power a ballot measure campaign that wound up overturning the decision.

Now anti-fluoride activists hope to tap similar anger at Portland City Council's rushed decision on Sept. 12 to fluoridate the city water supply.

Though they have just 30 days to circulate petitions, activists say they're on track to gather 40,000 signatures by the Oct. 12 deadline. That's twice the number needed to qualify for a May 2014 ballot referendum, with wiggle room for invalid signatures, and suspend any changes to the water supply until the public vote.

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