The Mingus Union School District filed a lawsuit on July 10 to stop an effort to consolidate with Cottonwood-Oak Creek from going to public vote. The lawsuit's application for an order to show cause states that even if the consolidation petition effort was valid, 'it fails' because the petitions "contained language designed to confuse and mislead petition signers."

Petition language is one of four reasons the lawsuit gives for invalidating the efforts of the Committee for Better Upper Verde Valley Schools 2018.

According to Joseph Kanefield of Ballard Spahr, efforts by the Committee for Better Upper Verde Valley Schools 2018 show that the pro-consolidation group was "clearly eager to get this question before voters quickly."

"In doing so, they did not follow the laws and procedures governing these elections and sought – and obtained – special treatment from the Arizona Legislature," said Kanefield, one of two Ballard Spahr attorneys for the plaintiffs. "In my experience, mistakes are most common when candidates and ballot measure proponents rush to qualify for the ballot. That is often a recipe for disaster."

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