Bill signed by Ariz. gov targets petition fraudPosted: Updated:
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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