Arizona court overturns law on Tucson elections

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A state Court of Appeals ruling strikes down a state law that requires Tucson to change how it conducts its elections for the City Council.

A divided Court of Appeals panel's 2-1 ruling Wednesday says the city charter overrides the 2009 state law under the Arizona Constitution.

That law requires that municipal elections be conducted without identifying partisan affiliations of candidates. It also bars Tucson's practice of having voters citywide elect council members who are nominated on a district-by-district basis.

The ruling says Tucson voters "have the right to make their own choice" because the Arizona Constitution provides that city charters supersede state laws on matters of only local concern.

The Court of Appeals ruling overturns one by a trial judge.