Candidate challenges begin
Courts to decide validity of signatures
PHOENIX - As of yesterday, a total of 17 legislative and statewide candidate challenges had been filed with the Arizona Superior Court. The courts have 10 days to hear arguments and render a decision.
“As the Arizona’s chief elections officer, I look forward to the conclusion of the court cases still pending,” Secretary of State Ken Bennett said. “I have every faith in our court system, and my office hopes to have the state ballot nomination challenge process completed by late June to be ready for the Primary Election in August.”
Currently, the county recorders are vetting the names of the challenged voter signatures and will submit their findings to the courts. The courts will then hear arguments and decide whether or not a signature is valid, and whether the candidate ultimately possesses enough signatures to remain on the ballot. Should the court find a candidate guilty of petition forgery, the candidate may be disqualified for running for public office for at least five years.
Four of the 17 cases have already been resolved. The cases against Randy Camacho and Ruben Gallego, both running for Democratic nomination in U.S. Congressional District 7, were dismissed and they will appear on the ballot in August. Miguel Olivas (Libertarian) and Johnnie Robinson (D) who had been running in U.S. Congressional Districts 3 and 7, respectively, withdrew their nominations.
In addition to the legislative and statewide races, candidate challenges also are occurring at the county and municipal levels and go through the court process in a similar fashion.
The status of legislative and statewide challenged candidates is available in the elections section of the Secretary of State’s website www.azsos.gov.
Challenge Information direct link.