Valley attorney seeks to postpone election on Prop 123 and Prop 124

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Attorney Tom Ryan talks to reporters about his request to delay the upcoming election on Prop 123 and Prop 124. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Attorney Tom Ryan talks to reporters about his request to delay the upcoming election on Prop 123 and Prop 124. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan (Source: Wikipedia) AZ Secretary of State Michele Reagan (Source: Wikipedia)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Arizona's string of election problems continues.

Heavyweight Valley attorney Tom Ryan has asked the Attorney General's office to postpone next week's election for at least 90 days, claiming the state's top election official botched it.

"Michele Reagan is the worst secretary of state to ever sit on the Seventh Floor," Ryan said Tuesday morning, prior to holding a news conference about the issue. "She should resign immediately in embarrassment."

At issue? Reagan's office didn't mail voter guides to at least 200,000 households in time.

The error, according to Ryan, potentially means 400,000 voters were left without publicity pamphlets when early voting began April 20.

These pamphlets provide information as well written arguments for and against two current ballot propositions: Proposition 123 and 124.

[Raw video: News conference with Attorney Tom Ryan]

[READ MORE: Secretary of State failed to issue pamphlets for election]

Proposition 123 asks seeks to increase K-12 education funding by tapping Arizona's land trust while Proposition 124 overhauls the state's public safety retirement system.

The problem is the latest to plague Arizona's election system.

In March, Maricopa County voters stood in line for up five and six hours to cast their ballots in the presidential preference election.

Last month, errors on the Spanish language May 17 ballot were discovered, costing taxpayers $400,000 to fix.

Ryan is no stranger to political fights.

Last year he forced the resignation of the chairwoman of Arizona Corporation Commission, Susan Bitter Smith, over a conflict of interest.

He also worked on the successful 2011 recall of the then president of the Arizona Senate, Russell Pearce. 

[READ MORE: Education funding in state budget hinges on Prop 123]

[READ MORE: Many encounter long lines to vote in Arizona primary]

[SLIDESHOW: Long lines bog down voting in Arizona]

[READ MORE: Maricopa County prints Spanish language ballot with error]

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