- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge says the counting is complete of signatures of voters calling for a vote on a one percent sales tax to support public education.

If approved, the tax would generate about $615 million annually with about 70 percent designated for a $5,000 pay raise for Oklahoma teachers.

Benge announced Thursday that his office counted 301,518 signatures for proposed State Question 779. A total of 123,725 valid signatures of registered voters are needed to put the question on the November ballot.

Under state law, a report will now be sent to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which will determine whether there are enough valid signatures to put the question on the ballot.

The proposal is supported by University of Oklahoma President David Boren.

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