Initiative would revamp Arizona primary to 'top 2'

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A group led by former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson is proposing a major redesign of Arizona's state election system.

The group's proposed initiative measure would eliminate the current separate party primaries and have the state instead hold a single primary. The two finishers who receive the most votes in the primary regardless of party would advance to the general election.

Currently, each party's nominee runs in the general election.

Supporters say it would promote open government and encourage the election of candidates who will work together for the good of the state.

Tuesday's filing allows supporters to start collecting the 259,213 voter signatures they need to file by next July to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment for the November ballot.

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