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Joe Arpaio recall, Maricopa County, Arizona (2013)

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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.[1][2] The recall effort began in March 2013, eight weeks into Arpaio's sixth term. Supporters spent $453,000 on the recall effort.[3]

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.[4]

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.[2] On May 30, recall supporters failed to submit sufficient signatures, noting that they had collected close to 300,000 signatures.[1]

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