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Aug 6, 2012 3:14 PM

Judge bars ballot spot for Ariz. primary measure

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge says an initiative measure to transform Arizona's primary election system is unconstitutionally broad and must be kept off the November ballot.

Judge Mark Brain of Maricopa County Superior Court's ruling says the so-called "open elections/open government act" violates the Arizona Constitution by including more than one proposed constitutional amendment in the same ballot measure.

Brain said most of the proposal's sweeping changes to the current primary system fit together and don't violate the single-subject rule. But he says that's not so with a prohibition on using public money for political parties' activities.

The measure would allow voters to vote for any primary election candidate. The top two finishers would advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation. Currently, each party's nominee advances.

Supporters are expected to appeal.


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