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.

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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.

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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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