Joe Arpaio recall, Maricopa County, Arizona (2013)
An effort to recall Joe Arpaio from his position as sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona fell short in May 2013 and did not go to a vote. The recall effort began in March 2013, eight weeks into Arpaio's sixth term. Supporters spent $453,000 on the recall effort.
Reasons for recall
Two groups, Respect Arizona and Citizens for a Better Arizona, orchestrated the recall effort. Recall supporters accused Arpaio of failing to adequately investigate more than 400 sex-crimes cases, costing the county $25 million in legal settlements over treatment in county jails, and using racial profiling while conducting immigration patrols.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in Arizona
In early April 2013, recall supporters announced that they had collected 169,283 valid signatures. A total of 335,317 signatures needed to be submitted by May 30 in order to force a recall election. On May 30, recall supporters failed to submit sufficient signatures, noting that they had collected close to 300,000 signatures.
- Los Angeles Times, "Recall effort against Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio fails," May 30, 2013
- Phoenix New Times, "Joe Arpaio Recall Boasts 169,283 Valid Signatures, 166,034 More Needed by May 30," April 4, 2013
- The Republic, "Arpaio critics spent $453,000 in unsuccessful bid to force recall election against sheriff," February 19, 2014
- Associated Press, "Sheriff Joe Arpaio recall bid faces tough odds," April 22, 2013
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