Randy Jones v. Paniagua

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Randy Jones v. Paniagua is an Arizona ballot access lawsuit filed against the City of Phoenix on July 23, 2008 by Randy Jones.

On March 26, 2009, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Jones, the plaintiff. The court awarded attorney's fees to Jones, as well as issuing a verdict in his favor.

At issue in the case was how many signatures are required to qualify a city-wide veto referendum for the ballot in the City of Phoenix.[1]

The City of Phoenix maintained that a number of signatures equal to 10 percent of the voters who participated in the last mayoral election are required to qualify a referenda for the ballot.

Jones said (and courts have so agreed) that a number of signatures equal to 10 percent of voters who voted in the city's most recent election, including council runoff races, should be required.

If Jones prevails, citizens would need as few as 450 petition signers to qualify a referendum for the ballot.[1]

Referenda in Phoenix

In Phoenix, citizen referenda can be used to challenge and potentially overturn many decisions of the Phoenix City Council including:

  • Zoning decisions
  • Residential and commercial project decisions
  • Budget cuts.

Appeal announced

On April 8, the Phoenix City Council voted to appeal the ruling to the Arizona Supreme Court.[1]

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