A huge expansion of Arizona’s controversial school-voucher program is expected to be put on hold Tuesday, as a grass-roots group says it will file enough signatures to at least temporarily prevent the law from taking effect.

Save Our Schools Arizona, the parent group trying to halt the expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, has collected more than 100,000 signatures, a spokeswoman told The Arizona Republic.

That’s enough to put the law on hold while the secretary of state determines whether the group has the 75,321 valid signatures needed to force a public vote on the law in November 2018. The signature-vetting process will take nearly two months.

It’s unclear if an estimated 100,000 signatures will yield enough valid signatures to get to 75,321 and enjoin the law until a public vote can be taken.

Joe Kanefield, a partner with the law firm Ballard Spahr and a former Arizona elections director, said a typical error rate would be 20 percent to 30 percent.

“I’ve never seen a petition drive filed that didn’t have an error rate of at least 20 percent,” he said.

With Save Our Schools turning in an estimated 100,000 signatures, Kanefield said, “that’s going to be pretty close.”

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