August 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm / by Christopher Cook
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Western Free Press has learned that the “Jungle Primary” ballot measure has been kicked off of Arizona’s ballot.
DEVELOPING . . . . .
So far, what we know is that this action was taken by a Superior Court judge, who ruled that the measure violates the single-subject rule. An appeal is expected.
Update from AZ Central:
Primary measure off the ballot, judge rules
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge Monday ruled that a ballot measure to create a top-two primary system violates the state’s single-subject rule and blocked it from the November ballot.
The measure proposes to scrap Arizona’s partisan-primary system and require all candidates for office to run in a single primary.
Judge Mark Brain said the proposed state constitutional amendment would both repeal partisan primaries and change the way precinct party officers are elected. He blocked the secretary of state from putting the measure on the ballot.
Supporters are appealing to the Arizona Supreme Court, which could rule later this month . . . keep reading
Update from East Valley Tribune:
A proposal to create an open primary system in Arizona is legally flawed and cannot appear on the ballot, a judge ruled Monday.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Mark Brain said while the initiative would affect many sections of state election laws, most of it relates to the single purpose of having a single primary where all candidates from all parties would run against each other. Then the top two would face off in the general election.
But Brain said the initiative also would ban the use of public money for elections for each party to select precinct committeemen and committeewomen. He said that violates a prohibition against constitutional amendments dealing with more than one subject.
“The proposed prohibition of funding … is entirely different,” the judge wrote. “There is no good reason that a vote for or against that topic should be bundled with a vote on an open primary.”
Tuesday’s ruling is not the last word. Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson said supporters will ask the Arizona Supreme Court to rule that Brain got it wrong . . . keep reading