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Updated Jan 7, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Arizona court says ballot measure complied with rule

PHOENIX — The state Supreme Court says parts of a proposal to transform
Arizona’s primary election system fit together as one proposal and didn’t have
to be kept off the November ballot.

The high court on Monday issued an opinion explaining why it allowed the
proposed constitutional amendment to appear on the general election ballot

A trial judge had ruled that the proposal violated a constitutional
standardthat limits constitutional amendments to one subject.

However, the justices said the proposal’s provisions were related and complied
with the constitutional requirement.

Voters rejected the initiative proposal in November.

It would have allowed voters to cast ballots for any primary election candidate
regardless of party. Also, the top two finishers in a race would advance to the
general election regardless of party affiliation.

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