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‘Top 2′ measure fails

A proposed voter initiative revamping Arizona’s primary election system will not be on the November ballot because backers failed to collect enough valid signatures.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s office says county recorders charged with checking signatures turned in by backers found not enough were valid. Elections officials checked 5 percent of the signatures on the nominating petitions and found nearly 30 percent of those were invalid.

Using that formula they disqualified more than 100,000 signatures. That left less than the 260,000 needed.

The initiative would have scraped the current primary election system in which people can vote in only one party’s primary and each party’s nominee advances to the general election.

They instead could vote for anyone, with the top two vote-getters advancing regards of party affiliation.

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