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Updated Dec 5, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Arizona high court explains ruling on tax measure

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court said it allowed a proposed sales tax increase to go on the Nov. 6 ballot despite a paperwork discrepancy because there was little chance it would confuse voters.

The court's opinion Wednesday explained why it let the measure go on the ballot though a paper copy submitted to state elections officials wasn't exactly the same as copies attached to petitions and as an electronic version submitted to the state.

The opinion said voters signing initiative petitions were presented with correct copies and that apparently only a few people saw the online version that omitted several paragraphs on how the money would be spent.

The justices also said Secretary of State Ken Bennett acted property in going to court to get the discrepancy resolved.

Voters rejected the measure.

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