Boxes of signatures demand recall of Sen. Russell Pearce

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PHOENIX – Critics of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce have filed petitions to force a recall election for the Mesa Republican known for championing legislation against illegal immigration.

The requirement to force an election is 7,756 voter signatures from Pearce's legislative district, and recall proponents filed petitions bearing what they say are 18,315.

However, they acknowledge that thousands of those might be duplicates or signatures of people who live outside the district.

If there is a recall election, it would be held in November or March. The election's timing depends on how long officials take to check signatures and make required certifications.

That process could take well into August.

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