Bogus Signatures Get Globe Attorney Ruled Off Primary Ballot

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A few bogus signatures booted one superior court judge nominee off the Aug. 24 primary ballot.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Buttrick ruled June 18 that Globe attorney Steven Burk (Rep.) lacked 43 signatures of the 217 needed to run for superior court judge of Gila County. That leaves incumbent Robert Duber II (Dem.) running unopposed.

Burk could not be reached for comment.

Globe attorney Anna C. Ortiz challenged Burk’s petition signatures June 9 after reviewing all 238 of Burk’s signatures. Ortiz argued some of the signatures were from residents who were registered Democrats, not registered to vote or signed the petition twice in one day.

To appear on the primary ballot, Burk needed 217 signatures. With the erroneous signatures removed, Burk had only collected 195.

Duber was elected to the Gila County Superior Court in 1987. On April 15, Governor Jan Brewer appointed Duber to the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission, which is charged with advising the governor and the Arizona Legislature on matters relating to the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases.

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