Urges Proposed Initiative to Stop Circulators from Misleading Voters
PHOENIX – Secretary of State Jan Brewer last week fired off a strong letter to leaders of a citizen initiative effort over reports of deceptive practices by petition circulators misrepresenting voters about the substance of their petition. Sec. Brewer’s letter to Ken Clark, Chairman of Fair Districts, Fair Elections – whose proposed initiative specifically deals with redistricting – expressed major concern over claims that circulators were collecting signatures over lower gas prices.
“This blatant bait and switch tactic of luring voters to sign petitions by misrepresenting the substance of the petitions is dishonest and deceptive,” stated Secretary of State Brewer, “I hope you will take steps to end this practice and instruct your circulators to be candid and honest with the voters about what you are asking them to sign.”
The letter came on the heels of complaints about such practices which were called in to the Secretary of State’s Election office as well as the Maricopa County Election office.
Secretary of State Brewer pointed out that Arizona law requires each petition to contain a full and correct copy of the measure attached to the petition along with summary description language on the petition itself. Secretary Brewer went on to encourage voters to carefully read the summary language and attachment prior to signing their name to any petition.
“I urge voters to carefully read the full text of the petition prior to signing them,” added Secretary Brewer, “if the full text is not being provided, I encourage voters to report such violations to my office immediately.”