State Supreme Court rules Legislature can’t tinker with local elections

Election-DayBy Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times

For the second time in three years, the Arizona Supreme Court has blocked efforts by state lawmakers to control when charter cities can hold their elections.

The justices on Tuesday rejected claims by the state Attorney General’s Office that the Legislature is free to declare that voters can go to the polls only on certain specified dates. They gave no reason for their ruling.

But in spurning the request, the court effectively approved a year-old ruling by the Court of Appeals saying that, at least for the state’s 18 charter cities, when they conduct local elections is none of the lawmakers’ concern.

At issue was a 2012 law pushed by the Goldwater Institute.


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