Maricopa County Recorder, Adrian Fontes, is not satisfied with the system that relies on county recorders to review signatures legislative candidates submit to qualify for the ballot. Fontes said, “There are folks who believe for some reason that, first of all, it is the right thing to do, and second of all, the legal thing to do. And just because we’ve been doing it for a long time doesn’t mean that it’s either.”

Arizona Supreme Court justices have asked the state legislature to clarify what responsibilities recorders have when a candidate’s qualification for the ballot is challenged.

Ballard Spahr attorney, Joseph Kanefield, said, “even though there isn’t an explicit mandate in state law requiring records to review the veracity of nominating petitions, it’s a process that the Legislature and the courts have alluded to and acknowledged for years.”

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