SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — California has met a legal deadline to switch to a new method of executing condemned inmates, just days before the state’s voters decide whether to do away with the death penalty.

Corrections officials proposed a year ago to begin using a single lethal drug instead of the combination of three drugs used during California’s last execution a decade ago.

They said Friday that they submitted the regulations for a final administrative review.

The development comes as voters are weighing competing initiatives in Tuesday’s election.

One measure would end the death penalty. Another would speed up appeals and allow officials to begin executions more quickly.

Officials sought the single-drug execution method under court pressure and because of a nationwide shortage of execution drugs.

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