On Monday, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett asked the Arizona Supreme Court to keep the sales tax initiative off the November ballot. The measure seeks to ask voters to approve a state law to make permanent a one-cent surcharge in the state's 5.6 percent sales tax.

Mr. Bennett said organizers of the Quality Jobs and Education did not comply with the constitutional and statutory requirements for filing initiatives. Ann-Eve Pedersen, who is spearheading the initiative, agreed with Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Oberbillig’s ruling that Bennett was being "arbitrary" in rejecting petitions with 290,000 names because of what the judge deemed a "photocopy error."

Mr. Bennett has hired Joseph A. Kanefield, a Ballard Spahr partner who focuses on elections law, to make his case. Before working with Ballard Spahr, Mr. Kanefield was state elections director.