Ballot mailing screwup might delay this month’s propositions election

Tom Ryan/Arizona Capitol Times
Tom Ryan/Arizona Capitol Times

Attorney wants delay of May 17 election; says Prop 123, Prop 124 pamphlets were not mailed on time

Secretary of State admits to missing deadline for about 200,000 households

PHOENIX – A lawyer is asking the Attorney General to delay the May 17 special election because Secretary of State Michele Reagan failed to meet the deadline for getting publicity pamphlets to voters.

Tom Ryan said Arizona law requires Reagan’s office to prepare pamphlets with pro and con arguments ahead of each election. More to the point, he said the law requires them to be mailed to every household with voters before the early ballots are delivered.

But Ryan said Monday that did not happen.

He said Arizona laws, on matters referred to voters, require strict compliance with all election laws. Ryan said Reagan’s failure to comply means the election cannot legally take place.

Ryan said he will file a formal complaint today, May 10, with Attorney General Mark Brnovich asking him to declare that holding the election would be illegal.

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