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Residents of other states can circulate petitions in Arizona, judge says

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January 28, 2010

PHOENIX, Arizona: U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton decided this week that the state of Arizona cannot legally prevent residents of other states from circulating petitions for a political party to gain ballot access in the state. The decision comes after Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett argued that banning out-of-state residents from circulating petitions is necessary to prevent fraud.[1]

Bennett stated that the judge’s ruling was “not unexpected,” due to the fact that federal courts have sided with rulings that would favor the Green Party‘s process in getting a presidential candidate on the ballot. The Arizona Green Party will benefit the most from the ruling, as their access to the ballot has been difficult as a minor party.

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