Judge to hear arguments in Pearce recall challenge

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge will hear arguments Monday over a lawsuit that aims to block the Nov. 8 recall election against Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce.

The challenge filed by a Pearce supporter alleges that there were flaws with voter signatures on petitions calling for the election, on affidavits completed by people who collected signatures and other paperwork associated with the recall drive.

Pearce is known as the Arizona Legislature's staunchest advocate for tougher immigration laws.

The challenge says county officials should have disqualified the signatures of voters who didn't write their address or the date when they signed the recall petition.

County officials asked that the lawsuit be dismissed and argued there's no evidence to determine that people collecting petition signatures had completed that information.

A ruling is expected by Friday.