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Republicans sue City of Tucson in Sanctuary City petition

TUCSON –The Pima County Republican Party filed a lawsuit against the City of Tucson challenging its Sanctuary City petition, the party announced Friday.

According to a news release, Republicans believe the minimum number of petition signatures required was “calculated incorrectly” and “must be raised to a minimum of 12,400 versus the 9,241 originally required.”

The Republican party says they “believe 40 percent of the signatures submitted are either invalid or fraudulent.”

On July 3, volunteers and organizers with the People’s Defense Initiative submitted more than 18,000 signatures for the Tucson Families Free and Together ballot initiative to the city clerk’s office. Their goal is to get on the ballot this November.

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In a memo released earlier this year, City Attorney Mike Rankin laid out the legal impact the initiative could have on Tucson if voters give it the green light.

City officials told News 4 Tucson the memo is strictly to identify possible implications of the petition, not to influence voters on the initiative.

You can read the People’s Defense Initiative’s response to the City Attorney’s memo below.

Julia Leon

Julia is a Digital Content Specialist for KVOA News 4 Tucson. In 2018, she earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.

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