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Pearce Challenge to Recall Ct Docs

Pearce Challenge to Recall Ct Docs

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Published by Carlos Galindo
Copy of complaint filed which represents the legal challenge to Pearce's recall efforts.
Copy of complaint filed which represents the legal challenge to Pearce's recall efforts.

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Published by: Carlos Galindo on Jul 19, 2011
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242526LisaT.Hauser#006985lhauser@gblaw.comGAMMAGE
&
BURNHAM
A
PROFESSIONALLIMITEDLIABILITYCOMPANY
ATTORNEYSATLAW
Two
NORTHCENTRAL
A
VENUE15THFLOORPHOENIX,
AZ85004
TELEPHONE
(602)256-0566
AttorneysforPetitioner
COpy
SUPERIORCOURTOFARIZONAMARICOPACOUNTY
PetitionerBruceRoss,forhiscomplaintforspecialaction,pursuanttothe
ArizonaRulesofProcedureforSpecialActions,
allegesasfollows:FRANKLINBRUCEROSS,acitizenandqualifiedelectorofArizonaStateLegislativeDistrict18,Petitioner,vs.KENBENNETT,inhisofficialcapacityasSecretaryofStatefortheStateofArizona;THEBOARDOFSUPERVISORSOFMARICOPACOUNTY;HELENPURCELL,inherofficialcapacityasMaricopaCountyRecorder;andKARENOSBORNE,inherofficialcapacityasMaricopaCountyElectionsDirector,Defendants,andCITIZENSFORABETTERARIZONAINSUPPORTOFRC-04-2011,anArizonaPoliticalCommittee,RealPartyinInterest.
7299.1.537738.1
NO.
CV2011....
a
11864
VERIFIEDCOMPLAINTFORSPECIALACTIONANDAPPLICATIONFORPRELIMINARYANDPERMANENTINJUNCTION
PriorityElectionCase
(A.R.S.§19-208.04(B)ActionChallengingCertificationofRecallPetitionSignatures)
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11.ThisCourthasjurisdictiontohearanddeterminethisspecialaction2complaintandtograntthereliefrequestedbyvirtueofArticle6,Section18ofthe3ArizonaConstitution;Rule4,RulesofProcedureforSpecialActions;andA.R.S.§19-4208.04(C).TheMaricopaCountySuperiorCourtistheappropriatevenuepursuantto5A.R.S.§19-208.04(C).62.Petitionerbringsthisspecialactionpursuanttothe
ArizonaRulesof
7
ProcedureforSpecialActions,
A.R.S.§§12-1801and12-1831,
et.seq.
andA.R.S.§19-8208.04(B).9
Parties
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3.PetitionerFranklinBruceRossisacitizenoftheStateofArizonaandofthe11UnitedStatesofAmericaandisaqualifiedelectorresidinganddulyregisteredtovotein12theStateLegislativeDistrict18,MaricopaCounty,StateofArizona,andqualifiedtovote
13
intheNovember8,2011specialrecallelectionregardingRC-04-2011andtherecallof14ArizonaStateSenatorRussellPearce,LegislativeDistrict18("LD-18").154.RespondentKenBennettistheArizonaSecretaryofState(the"Secretaryof16State"),andisnamedinthisactioninhisofficialcapacityonly.TheofficeofSecretaryof17StateisanexecutivebranchofficeexistingpursuanttoArticle5,Section1,Constitution18ofArizona.AsSecretaryofState,RespondentBennetthaspowersanddutiespursuantto19Titles16and19,ArizonaRevisedStatutes,concerningtheprocessingofrecallpetitions20andtheconductofrecallelectionsagainstmembersofthelegislature.215.RespondentMaricopaCountyBoardofSupervisorsisthegoverningbody22ofMaricopaCountyandabodypoliticexistingunderthelawsoftheStateofArizona.23TheMaricopaCountyBoardofSupervisorsconsistsofofficersexistingpursuantto24Article12,Section3,ConstitutionofArizona,andithaspowersanddutiesrelatingto25electionspursuanttoA.R.S.§§11-251,
etseq.,
and16-301,
etseq.
TheMaricopaCounty26
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1BoardofSupervisorsprovidesballotsandconductselectionsforprecinctswithinits2boundaries,includingforelectionsinLegislativeDistrict18.36.RespondentHelenPurcellistheMaricopaCountyRecorderandisnamedin4thisactioninherofficialcapacityonly.TheofficeofCountyRecorderexistspursuantto5Article12,Section3,ConstitutionofArizona,andhaspowersanddutiesrelatingtovoter6registrationpursuanttoA.R.S.§§16-120,
etseq.,
16-131,
etseq.,
and16-161,
etseq.
7PursuanttoA.R.S.§19-208.02,RespondentPurcellhasthedutytocertifythenumberof8signaturestobedisqualifiedfromrecallpetitionscirculatedwithinMaricopaCounty,9includingLegislativeDistrict18.107.RespondentKarenOsborneistheMaricopaCountyElectionsDirectorand11isnamedinthisactioninherofficialcapacityonly.Inthatcapacity,shecarriesoutthe12dutiesoftheMaricopaCountyBoardofSupervisorswithrespecttotheconductof13electionsandoverseesthecertificationofthenumberofvalidsignaturesonrecall14petitionsreceivedbytheMaricopaCountyRecorderpursuanttoA.R.S.§19-208.02.158.Uponinformationandbelief,CitizensForaBetterArizonainSupportof
!.
16RC-04-2011("Committee")isapoliticalcommitteeorganizedunderthelawsoftheState17ofArizona,thesponsorofrecallpetitionRC-04-2011(seekingtherecallofStateSenator18RussellPearce,LD-18)andtherealpartyininterest.1920
Background
OnJanuary31,2011,theCommitteefiledanapplicationforarecallpetition.21serialnumberwiththeSecretaryofState,includingapurportedgeneralstatementofnot22morethantwohundredwordsstatingthegroundsofthedemandforrecall.TheSecretary23ofStateassignedrecallpetitionserialnumberRC-04-2011.2410.PursuanttoAriz.Const.art8,Pt.1,§1,andA.R.S.§19-201(A),the25numberofqualifiedelectorsnecessarytosubjecttheLegislativeDistrict18StateSenator26toarecallelectionis7,756.
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