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Posted on: July 26, 2018

County Voters to consider ballot initiative on judicial merit selection Proposition No. 416

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County seeks argument ‘for’ and ‘against’ question

 On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, voters within Coconino County will consider a ballot proposition on the merit selection of judges and judicial retention.

Registered County voters will vote on the following issue:

•Shall Coconino County change from a partisan election of superior court judges to a merit selection and judicial retention election of superior court judges.
 
The County will prepare an informational pamphlet for the election. The pamphlet will be mailed to households of registered voters in the County. Arguments “For” and “Against” the ballot question are being requested by the County for inclusion in the informational pamphlet.

Anyone who would like to submit a “For” or “Against” statement regarding the election can mail or hand deliver their statement to Coconino County Elections, 110 E. Cherry Ave, Flagstaff, Ariz. 86001.  

Arguments shall not exceed 300 words and must contain the sworn notarized statement of each person sponsoring it. If the argument is sponsored by an organization, it must contain the sworn statement of two executive officers of the organization or if sponsored by a political committee it must contain the sworn statement of the committee's chairman or treasurer. Each argument filed must also be submitted in electronic format. The person(s) signing must provide their residence or post office address and a telephone number. Only the signers name and entity will be printed in the informational pamphlet.

The cost to file an argument is $100 per argument filed on paper. If the argument is submitted electronically (on a CD or USB drive), the cost is $75 (to meet the requirement for an original signature, it must be accompanied by a paper copy).

Arguments must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, to the Coconino County Election Office at 110 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff, Ariz. 86001.

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