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Window Rock school district official removed due to lawsuit

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Posted at 6:54 AM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 10:13:48-04

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - A member of the Window Rock Unified School District Governing Board must step down because he was not a registered voter during his election.

A superior court judge ruled Tuesday that Scott Tomlinson cannot serve on the board because of a lawsuit filed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

Brnovich's office filed a complaint last year arguing for Tomlinson's removal.

According to the lawsuit, Tomlinson violated state law that mandates anyone campaigning for a seat on a school governing board be a registered voter.

The office says Tomlinson was elected to the board in November 2016. But he was not registered to vote in Arizona until June 2018.

Under the judge's order, Tomlinson must be removed immediately.

The seat will stay vacant until a replacement will be appointed.