- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach voters will get to weigh in on whether the city will pay to extend the light rail from Norfolk to Virginia Beach.

Media outlets report that a judge approved a petition for the referendum sought by a group that opposes the extension. It will be on the November ballot.

Questions were raised about whether the group collected enough signatures for the ballot.

To get a referendum on the ballot, groups need signatures equivalent to 25 percent of the voters in the last general election. But it was unclear whether that meant the 2014 or 2015 election.

A judge ultimately ruled the group met the threshold.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that city officials will use the vote to gauge public opinion but don’t have to act on its result.

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