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Updated Apr 23, 2013 - 7:01 am

Arizona official seeks dismissal from Arpaio recall lawsuit

PHOENIX — Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has asked to be dismissed
from a lawsuit by a group that’s trying to halt a recall effort against Maricopa
County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

A lawyer for Bennett said in court papers that the dismissal request should be
granted because none of the pro-Arpaio group’s legal claims are leveled against
Bennett and that his office isn’t responsible for handling recall efforts
against county officials.

The lawsuit was filed against the group seeking the recall, Bennett and county
elections officials.

The group seeking the recall has predicted the lawsuit will get tossed out of
court.

Recall organizers said they have collected 200,000 of the 335,000 valid voter
signatures needed by May 30 to force a recall election.

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