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Arizona high court explains ruling on tax measure

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court said it allowed a proposed sales tax
increase to go on the Nov. 6 ballot despite a paperwork discrepancy because there
was little chance it would confuse voters.

The court’s opinion Wednesday explained why it let the measure go on the ballot
though a paper copy submitted to state elections officials wasn’t exactly the
same as copies attached to petitions and as an electronic version submitted to
the state.

The opinion said voters signing initiative petitions were presented with
correct copies and that apparently only a few people saw the online version that
omitted several paragraphs on how the money would be spent.

The justices also said Secretary of State Ken Bennett acted property in going
to court to get the discrepancy resolved.

Voters rejected the measure.

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