Claiming thousands of voters have been disenfranchised ahead of the May 17 special election, an attorney filed complaints Tuesday with Arizona’s attorney general and secretary of state asking that the election be postponed. Attorney Tom Ryan, of Chandler, asked Attorney General Mark Brnovich to seek a court ruling to cancel next Tuesday’s election and reschedule it for later this year. Tuesday’s ballot contains two constitutional amendments: Proposition 123 and Proposition 124. Early voting has been underway for 2 1/2 weeks. Brnovich’s office said it was reviewing the complaint and would not comment until Wednesday.
Ryan’s complaint centers on the failure of Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office to distribute required publicity pamphlets to an estimated 200,000 households in advance of their ballots. The pamphlets describe the initiatives, present pro and con arguments on the issues, and show where voters can cast their ballots. The 200,000 households are outside Maricopa and Pima counties.
Ryan proposed officials move the two propositions to either the Aug. 30 state primary election or the Nov. 8 general election. He also asked that the hundreds of thousands of ballots that have already been returned by voters on the early voting be considered void.