Candidate Legal Challenges

A candidate's nomination may be challenged pursuant to A.R.S 16-351. The deadline to file a legal challenge is April 15, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

If nomination petition signatures are challenged, County Recorders are responsible for reviewing the challenged signatures. The Secretary of State's Office provides a Petition Verification Guide to help ensure consistency across the county review process. Please contact the county if you have additional questions on what they review.

Below is a list of lawsuits filed against federal, statewide, and legislative candidates during the 2024 challenge period:

Last Name First Name Race Date of Notification
MartinMichelleCD 1Apr 10, 2024
EatonMichaelLD 9Apr 10, 2024
SiatoMarkCD 6Apr 11, 2024
HernandezMelodyLD 8Apr 12, 2024
DesantiNeilLD 2Apr 16, 2024
MaddenNathanLD 25Apr 16, 2024
SaulsberryShanteLD 13Apr 17, 2023
WelchMattLD 18Apr 17, 2023
SmithAustinLD 29Apr 18, 2023
ChristyKellyCorp CommApr 23, 2024
CastCliffordCD 6
Filing Date Race Case Name Case # Outcome Result
Apr 10, 2024LD 9 HouseMasters v. EatonCV2024-008251Candidate withdrew
Off Ballot
Apr 12, 2024LD 8 SenateAlger v. HernandezCV2024-008499Candidate withdrew
Off Ballot
Apr 12, 2024LD 13 HouseFeely v. SaulsberryCV2024-008568Candidate withdrew
Off Ballot
Apr 12, 2024LD 18 SenateSundareshan v. WelchCV2024-008577Candidate Withdrew
Off Ballot
Apr 12, 2024LD 25 SenateWilkinson v. WillisCV2024-008589Candidate Withdrew
Off Ballot
Apr 15, 2024LD 2 HouseLanday v. DeSantiCV2024-008647Candidate Withdrew
Off Ballot
Apr 15, 2024LD 11 HouseOrona v. ButtsCV2024-008652AZSC Affirmed
Off Ballot
Apr 15, 2024LD 2 SenateLanday v. BarnettCV2024-008658Dismissed
On Ballot
Apr 15, 2024LD 10 HouseRowland v. HeapCV2024-008663Dismissed
On Ballot
Apr 15, 2024CD 3 HouseBusch v. MendozaCV2024-008680Dismissed
On Ballot
Apr 15, 2024LD 4 HouseBusch v. ButlerCV2024-008681Dismissed
On Ballot
Apr 15, 2024LD 25 HouseBusch v. MaddenCV2024-008684Candidate Withdrew
Off Ballot
Apr 15, 2024CD 1 HouseBackie v. GeorgeCV2024-008687AZSC Affirmed
On Ballot
Apr 15, 2024LD 11 HousePerez v. RuizCV2024-008686Dismissed
On Ballot
Apr 15, 2024LD 7 SenateRogers v. CookCV2024-008715AZSC Affirmed
On Ballot
Apr 15, 2024Corp CommMontague v. KellyCV2024-008718Candidate Withdrew
Off Ballot
Apr 15, 2024US SenateBreckling v. HernandezCV2024-008720AZSC Affirmed
On Ballot
Apr 15, 2024CD 8 HousePearsall v. BilyieuCV2024-008725Court found Candidate not qualified for ballot
Off Ballot
Apr 15, 2024CD 6 HouseFairman v. CastCV2024-002332Candidate Withdrew
Off Ballot
Apr 15, 2024LD 29 HouseAshurst v. SmithCV2024-008743Candidate Withdrew
Off Ballot
Apr 15, 2024CD1 HouseLerman, Butkiewicz, Johnston v. Galan-WoodsCV2024-008739Dismissed
On Ballot
Race Case Name Case # Challenged Outcome
Secretary of State (REP)Hansen v. FinchemCV2022-004321
Maricopa
No Signatures ChallengedCase Dismissed (Affirmed)
Congress D5 (REP)Goode v. BiggsCV2022-004327
Maricopa
No Signatures ChallengedCase Dismissed (Affirmed)
Congress D9 (REP)Costello v. GosarCV2022-004325
Maricopa
No Signatures ChallengedCase Dismissed (Affirmed)
State House D16 (REP)Myers v. BiggsCV2022-004794
Maricopa
272 Challenged
(668 Submitted)
Candidate Withdrawn
State House D23 (REP)Wolff v. PembletonCV2022-004800
Maricopa
140 Challenged
(415 Submitted)
Removed from Ballot (Appeal Dismissed)
State Senate D8 (REP)Wakely v. HowardCV2022-004817
Maricopa
443 Challenged
(767 Submitted)
Removed from Ballot (Affirmed)
Congress D9 (REP)Gosar v. DowlingCV2022-004822
Maricopa
1,335 Challenged
(2,294 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
Congress D9 (REP)Gosar v. KutzCV2022-004819
Maricopa
825 Challenged
(2,004 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
State House D2 (REP)Fremouw v. DeSantiCV2022-004838
Maricopa
156 Challenged
(453 Submitted)
Removed from Ballot
Congress D1 (DEM)McAdams v. Sykes TorresCV2022-004832
Maricopa
1,419 Challenged
(2,542 Submitted)
Candidate Withdrawn
State House D27 (REP)Howard v. GriffinCV2022-004844
Maricopa
52 Challenged
(318 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
Governor (DEM)Franklin v. LiebermanCV2022-004828
Maricopa
3,082 Challenged
(9,842 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
State Senate D16 (REP)Martinez v. WoodCV2022-004883
Maricopa
486 Challenged
(875 Submitted)
Removed from Ballot (Affirmed)
State House D23 (DEM)Busch v. LugoCV2022-004803
Maricopa
1,419 Challenged
(1,475 Submitted)
Sufficient Signatures
State House D2 (REP)Busch v. RamseyCV2022-004806
Maricopa
69 Challenged
(363 Submitted)
Removed from Ballot
Congress D3 (REP)Busch v. BeckerCV2022-004804
Maricopa
324 Challenged
(1,041 Submitted)
Sufficient Signatures
State House D2 (REP)Fremouw v. RamseyCV2022-004843
Maricopa
110 Challenged
(363 Submitted)
Removed from Ballot
State House D20 (LBT)Villegas v. HardingCV2022-004841
Maricopa
267 Challenged
(338 Submitted)
Removed from Ballot
State House D26 (DEM)Ortega-Bravo v. HacohenCV2022-004867
Maricopa
331 Challenged
(798 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
Congress D4 (REP)Kasa v. LopezCV2022-004873
Maricopa
1,491 Challenged
(2,594 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
Congress D4 (REP)Kasa v. StovallCV2022-004876
Maricopa
1,332 Challenged
(2,049 Submitted)
Candidate Withdrawn
Congress D4 (REP)Kasa v. DavisonCV2022-004878
Maricopa
1,491 Challenged
(2,350 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
Congress D4 (REP)Kasa v. GilesCV2022-004882
Maricopa
1,112 Challenged
(2,576 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
State Rep D11 (DEM)Ross v. PearsonCV2022-004709
Maricopa
461 Challenged
(798 Submitted)
Removed from Ballot (Affirmed)
State Rep D11 (DEM)Ross v. LeasyCV2022-004710
Maricopa
279 Challenged
(584 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
State Senate D17 (REP)Wadsack v. BarrC20221453
Pima
545 Challenged
(730 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
State Senate D17 (REP)Wadsack v. LeachC20221455
Pima
772 Challenged
(1,238 Submitted)
Case Dismissed
State Senate D2 (DEM)Dybvig-Pawelko v. ThompsonCV2022-004720
Maricopa
344 Challenged
(456 Submitted)
Removed from Ballot
State House D27 (REP)Griffin v. TomaCV2022-004825
Maricopa
No Signatures ChallengedChallenge Unsucessful
State House D23 (DEM)Pembleton v. LugoCV2022-00215
Yuma
No Signatures ChallengedCase Dismissed

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