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Hearing Set for Challenge to Arizona Distribution Requirement for Statewide Candidate Primary Petitions

U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake will hold a hearing in Arizona Public Integrity Alliance v Bennett, 2:14cv-1044, on Thursday, May 29, at 3:30 p.m. This is the lawsuit, filed by some voters, challenging the Arizona distribution requirement for statewide candidate petitions in primaries. The law says statewide candidates trying to get on a primary ballot need the signatures of one-half of 1% of the party’s members (unless the party is new). That part of the law is not being challenged. But the law also says the petition must meet that standard in at least three counties. The U.S. Supreme Court invalidated county distribution requirements for statewide petitions in 1969 in Moore v Ogilvie.

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