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Arizona jury trial referendum effort falls short

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July 19, 2011


PHOENIX, Arizona: Organizers of a veto referendum in the state had until the end of July 19 to turn in the required amount of signatures for 2012 ballot access. However, that won't happen, reports say. Supporters of the referendum stated that they would not be able to turn in enough signatures by the deadline.[1]

The referendum would have asked voters to repeal parts of Senate Bill 1200. The bill essentially eliminates the right to a trial jury for those who have been accused of driving while intoxicated.

According to the Secretary of State's office, since the measure is a veto referendum, supporters were required to collect a total of 86,405 signatures. The referendum was proposed by the group called Committee for the Right to Jury Trial.

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