A Chandler lawyer called for the impeachment of Republican Secretary of State Michele Reagan on Friday after she failed to properly inform the public ahead of the May 17 special election. It’s unlikely that Arizona’s GOP-controlled Legislature would agree to move forward with an impeachment of a fellow Republican and former colleague, but attorney Tom Ryan said it’s necessary because Reagan intentionally hid an error resulting in hundreds of thousands of voters not receiving their election guides in time for next week’s special election. He also accused Reagan of campaigning in support of Proposition 123, one of the measures on the ballot in next week’s election. Ryan works on a campaign to oppose the same measure. “Here’s our problem: We have a secretary of state who fundamentally does not understand her job,” he said. “She is not supposed to be putting her thumb on the scales.”
The latest snafu, combined with problems at polling places in Maricopa County during the March 22 presidential primary are enough to warrant the impeachment, Ryan said.
Secretary of State spokesman Matt Roberts sidestepped commenting on the call for impeachment. He said Reagan has no opinion on Proposition 123, although she supported efforts to put more education dollars into the classroom before the ballot measure’s filing.
“Mr. Ryan is clearly frustrated with the process, but so are we. No one goes into elections with the hope that something is going to go wrong,” Roberts said.