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Arizona AG asks Supreme Court to decide Tucson election date

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 00:26:05-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a dispute between Tucson and the state Legislature over the city's plans to hold elections in 2021 instead of an even-numbered year.

The Republican attorney general said Friday that Tucson's election plans may violate a 2018 law requiring cities to hold their elections in even-numbered years if their off-year elections show a significantly lower turnout.

Tucson officials say state lawmakers can't tell them when to hold their city elections.

If the Supreme Court sides with Brnovich, Tucson will have to change its election date or lose state funding that amounts to about a quarter of its general fund revenue.