Pearce recall committee to file petition Tuesday

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by The Associated Press and Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 6:08 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 31 at 12:30 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A committee seeking to force a recall election of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce says it will file petition signatures on Tuesday, the filing deadline.

The group Citizens for a Better Arizona says it has enough signatures to force a recall election of Pearce, but each of those signatures will have to be verified by the Secretary of State's Office.

Volunteers spent Memorial Day going door to door in a last push to get more signatures for their petition. 3TV's Frank Camacho said they have gathered more than 17,000 signatures.

Those who are part of CBA do not think Pearce is doing what's necessary to help the state of Arizona.

"People want to sign [the recall petition]," said volunteer Carolyn Cooper. "They are really tired of the extreme agenda that's being proposed. There's nothing being done about jobs, jobs, jobs. But no, they have time to pass a thing about a license plate that doesn't do anything to put food on people's tables."

If the group files enough valid signatures of voters from the Mesa Republican's legislative district, the recall election would be held in November or March.

According to CBA, they've collected more signatures than Pearce received votes in the last election.

The timing of the recall election would depend on how long various officials and offices take to check petitions and make required certifications.

Pearce is a nationally known champion of legislation targeting illegal immigration.
  

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