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Arizona Ballot Measure Summary Language Spurs Controversy

On Tuesday, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit against the Invest in Ed campaign, saying the income-tax education funding ballot initiative was “poorly-drafted” and included misleading language. The goal is to kick the measure off the ballot.

Late last week, a lawsuit was filed against Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona, the ballot initiative that wants a constitutional amendment for renewable energy by 2030. The suit came from the parent company of APS. It cited legal flaws like improper registration from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office and language that was confusing for Arizona voters.

And Save Our Schools Arizona, the referendum on ending the expansion of charter schools in the state, successfully fought two court challenges claiming inaccurate information on its ballot petitions.

Joe Kanefield, a partner at Ballard Spahr and a former Arizona elections director, joined The Show to talk about the words used to describe ballot measures.  

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.