Candidate Challenges — What If the Qualifications Aren’t Met?

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A candidate submits information to the board of elections to have their name on the ballot — that should be enough before election day, right? Not exactly. Many times, potential candidates believe they have submitted the proper paperwork correctly when in fact, there are mistakes.

If you believe a potential candidate in your race misfiled and didn’t meet the necessary requirements, contact the Arizona election attorneys at Barton Mendez Soto PLLC right away.

Arizona Revised Statue 16-351

If someone believes that a candidate did not follow proper procedure and should not be eligible for an upcoming election, they have the right to challenge the nomination. According to Arizona Revised Statue 16-351, in part:

“Any elector filing any court action challenging the nomination of a candidate as provided for in this chapter shall do so not later than 5:00 p.m. of the tenth day, excluding Saturday, Sunday and other legal holidays, after the last day for filing nomination papers and petitions. The elector shall specify in the action the petition number, line number and basis for the challenge for each signature being challenged. Failure to specify this information shall result in the dismissal of the court action. Within ten days after the filing of the action, the superior court shall hear and render a decision on the matter. The decision is appealable only to the supreme court, and notice of appeal shall be filed within five days after the decision of the superior court in the action. The supreme court shall hear and render a decision on the appeal promptly.”

You can read the entire statue here.

Take Action with the team at Barton Mendez Soto PLLC

The experienced election lawyers at Barton Mendez Soto PLLC have helped candidates ensure that only viable nominations make it to a ballot. As you can see, time is of the essence when it comes to this matter and we are ready to help you now. Reach out to us online or by phone. (480) 418-0668

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