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Plastic bag law: Where did the referendum signatures come from?

FILE - A man carries plastic single-use bags past the state Capitol. A trade group turned in enough valid voter signatures to qualify a November 2016 referendum on California’s law phasing out single-use plastic bags.
FILE - A man carries plastic single-use bags past the state Capitol. A trade group turned in enough valid voter signatures to qualify a November 2016 referendum on California’s law phasing out single-use plastic bags. AP

Opponents of California’s law banning single-use plastic bags paid a signature-gathering firm almost $3 million to collect more than 800,000 signatures to qualify a November 2016 referendum on the measure.

Tuesday’s qualification was based on a random sample of the signatures turned in by opponents. More than a quarter of the nearly 599,000 signatures deemed valid came from Los Angeles County and 10 percent came from San Diego County. A combined 6.4 percent of the total came from the four-county Sacramento area.

Hover or tap on a county in the interactive map below to see its projected validity rate, or click here.

Call Jim Miller, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5521. Follow him on Twitter @jimmiller2.

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