Ariz. Green Party Sues to Block `Sham Candidates'

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Green Party is asking a judge to kick
11 Green candidates off the November ballot amid allegations they
were recruited by Republican officials to siphon votes from

The Green Party filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court,
seeking an immediate hearing.

The lawsuit follows an Aug. 30 complaint by the Arizona
Democratic Party alleging the candidates were newly registered
voters or changed their registration to Green for the sole purpose
of getting support from liberals who would probably vote for
Democrats if there wasn't a Green Party option.

The candidates used a previously little-known provision in state
law allowing Green Party candidates to qualify for the November
ballot by getting just one write-in vote in the primary.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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