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Denham recall qualifies for ballot

The recall effort against state Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, is ready to go before voters, the Secretary of State's Office announced today.

Monterey County, the final county within District 12 tallying the petitions, reported 6,829 valid signatures, bringing the total to 35,820. That's 1,627 more signatures that the backers needed.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must put the issue on a ballot between 60 and 80 days from today. The June 3 election falls within that time range.