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Pearce recall drive said to be near signature goal

Senate President Russell Pearce (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Senate President Russell Pearce (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Critics of state Senate President Russell Pearce say they’re within striking distance of collecting enough petition signatures for what they hope would be a November recall election.

Leaders of the group Citizens for a Better Arizona say volunteers and paid circulators so far have turned in more than 12,000 signatures.

The leaders say the group has validated 7,200 signatures of those by checking them against voter registration lists for Pearce’s legislative district in Mesa.

The group faces a May 31 deadline to submit 7,756 voter signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office.

However, the group’s leaders say they plan to file the signatures earlier than the May 31 deadline so that the election would be held in November, instead of next March.

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