Bill signed by Ariz. gov targets petition fraud

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona is making it a crime to intentionally submit election petitions with the name of a person who did not actually sign the petition. That crime also includes tricking somebody to obtain signatures on petitions.

A bill signed Friday by Gov. Jan Brewer is a response to allegations of petition fraud in recent elections, particularly with petitions to place initiative measures on the general election ballot.

Violations would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. However, a person convicted of hiring others to engage in petition fraud would be guilty of a felony punishable by a presumptive sentence of up to three years in prison.

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