Judge Says High Speed Rail Repeal Can Stay on Ballot

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A judge in Tallahassee ruled Thursday that petition signatures gathered to try and get the repeal on the ballot should be counted.

Judge Kevin Davey rejected a claim that the signatures weren't good because they didn't include the names and addresses of paid signature gatherers. Davey said the state law doesn't appear to require that.

Backers of a bullet train are fighting to keep the repeal measure off the November ballot, and they will appeal Davey's ruling.

Voters ordered the state in 2000 to build a high speed rail project, a project that is just now in its initial planning phases, but a group called Derail the Bullet Train has petitioned to put the issue back before voters this year, arguing that the high speed rail project will cost too much.

The repeal campaign is spearheaded by Gov. Jeb Bush, who couldn't get state lawmakers to put a repeal on the ballot.