TUCSON – Pima County Superior Court Judge Douglas Metcalf has ruled against the Pima County GOP and in favor of a pro-sanctuary city group. The Pima GOP sued to prevent a sanctuary city ballot initiative from appearing on the November ballot.
“Tucson Families Free and Together” collected approximately 12,200.
The Pima GOP argued that the group needed 12,800 signatures to be certified. Their argument was based on the belief that the formulation to determine the minimum number of petition signatures required was calculated incorrectly and should have been raised to a minimum of 12,400 versus the 9,241 originally required.
Judge Metcalf found that the 12,200 signatures were adequate.
The Pima GOP may appeal the decision.
Although the Pima GOP alleged that approximately 40 percent of the signatures submitted were either invalid or fraudulent, the judge allowed all of the signatures to count.