Secretary of State’s Office dismissed from Tucson lawsuit
TUCSON, Ariz. – A Pima County Superior Court has dismissed the Arizona Secretary of State's Office as a defendant in a lawsuit regarding a new state law that requires non-partisan municipal elections in the city of Tucson.
“I'm glad the Pima County Superior Court has granted our request to be dismissed from this suit,” Secretary Ken Bennett said Wednesday. “The Secretary of State's Office is the top administrative office for state elections, but has no enforcement authority when it comes to municipal elections.”
In addition to mandating non-partisan municipal elections, the law requires that each individual campaigning for Tucson City Council be elected by voters in his/her ward, rather than at-large. The city of Tucson filed suit in Superior Court to block the law, arguing that its City Charter supersedes the state law. The city seeks an injunction to stop the new law from being implemented.
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