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F. Ann Rodriguez, Pima County Recorder  
F. Ann Rodriguez

Pima County

Voter FAQs - Candidate Nomination Petitions

A voter signed his name in the 'print name' box and printed his name in the signature box. Is this a valid signature?
Yes. As long as the signature appears on the same line as the printed name and matches the voter's signature on file with the Recorder's Office, it is a valid signature.

A voter signed a nomination petition and dated it 'February 10' but did not include the year. Is this signature valid?
No. Arizona law requires a full date including month, day and year before any petition signature can be considered valid.

Husband and wife voters have signed the nomination petition, one after each other. Only the wife listed her address and date of signing. The husband used ditto marks. Is the husband's signature valid?
If the husband is a registered voter and the address listed is in the correct district, the signature is valid. The use of ditto marks for any information except the signature is valid under Arizona law.

A husband and wife each sign their name on the same line. Neither prints their name, but they are registered at the same address listed on the form. Are these signatures valid?
Yes. The issue is whether the signatures can be identified without the printed names. If the signatures match the voter registration signatures, both will be valid as long as there are not more than 8 other signatures on the same petition page. Under Arizona law, petitions may only contain 10 signatures per page.

A voter signed their name to the nomination petition and then drew a line through their name. Is this signature valid?
No. Under Arizona law, a voter may withdraw their name from any petition by drawing a line through their name on the petition page prior to the filing of the petition. If a petition contains a signature with a line drawn through it at the time it is filed, state law presumes that the voter has withdrawn their signature and it will not be counted toward qualification for the ballot.

The candidate is running for nomination as a member of the Democratic Party. A voter registered as a member of the Whig party signs their nomination petition. Is this signature valid?
Yes. Any registered voter may sign a candidate nomination petition if they are registered in either the candidate’s political party, no party affiliation or as an "independent” voter or as a member of any political party that does not have ballot status in Arizona. The political parties with recognized status at the state level and in Pima County are the Democratic Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party and the Republican Party.

A voter printed his name twice on the nomination petition. The address matches his address for voter registration purposes. Is this a valid signature?
If the voter printed their 'signature' on their voter registration form, and the printing matches the voter registration form, the signature will be valid. If the voter signed their voter registration form in cursive then the signature will be rejected since it does not match the signature on file. Comparisons cannot be done between cursive and printed letters.

A candidate is planning to challenge his opponent's nomination petitions. The candidate wants the Recorder's Office to check all signatures on the petitions to determine if there are sufficient valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. The candidate files a lawsuit in Superior Court challenging every signature on the petition and asks the court to order the Recorder to check each signature to determine if they are valid. Will the candidate be successful with their challenge?
Not a chance. State statute requires the lawsuit to list each signature being challenged and the basis for challenging each signature. The failure to comply with that requirement is jurisdictional. In other words, if the grounds for challenging each signature are not specifically listed, the court has no authority to consider the challenge. Unless the petition signature can be determined to be invalid from an examination of the petition on its face without any additional research, the Pima County Recorder’s Office will only review the signature for the grounds listed in the candidate challenge.

A registered voter has signed the nomination petitions for both Republican candidates for Arizona House of Representatives in legislative district J. Is either of these signatures valid?
Since both seats in the House of Representatives for each legislative district are up for election every two years, a voter may sign the nomination petition for both candidates. A voter may only sign nomination petitions for the same number of votes they cast at the election. So if three House candidates are running, the voter may only sign two nomination petitions. If only one seat is up for election, a voter may only sign one petition. If the voter signs too many petitions, it is the earliest petition signed that counts as valid. If the "extra” signature was signed on the same date that the other petition was signed, both signatures are disqualified under Arizona law.


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