Jul 26, 2014 2:43 PM by Associated Press

Arizona eliminating candidacy signature rule

PHOENIX (AP) - State officials are scrapping a longtime law that candidates in statewide races collect signatures from at least three counties to qualify for the election ballot.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the Secretary of State's Office announced on Thursday that it would no longer enforce the requirement starting in 2016.

Candidates for statewide office or U.S. Senate currently must acquire signatures equal to at least half of one percent of a party's voter registration in a minimum of three counties.

The Arizona Public Integrity Alliance, a nonprofit known for advocating for Republican candidates, filed a lawsuit in federal court on the matter.

The organization argued that the requirement unconstitutionally gives more weight to more populous counties.

The change means candidates won't have to venture outside of Maricopa County.


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