By Jeremy Duda
Arizona Capitol Times
Supporters of a proposed initiative to create a “top-two” primary elections system allege that Maricopa County election officials improperly invalidated hundreds of petition signatures and are going to court in a bid to get the Open Elections/Open Government Act on the November ballot.
The Open Government Committee said it found 736 mistakenly invalidated signatures that the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office should restore. The additional signatures would give the Open Elections/Open Government Act enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.
“After our review of the thousands of signatures elections officials deemed invalid, we have identified hundreds of errors,” committee Chairman Paul Johnson said in a press statement.
Maricopa County validated just 67 percent of the signatures it checked for the initiative, compared to an average of more than 78 percent for Arizona’s other 14 counties, the committee said. The county invalidated a total of 4,314 signatures.