By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court is letting stand lower courts’ rulings that said the state can’t make Phoenix and Tucson move their municipal elections to even-numbered years.

The justices on Tuesday declined without comment to consider an appeal of an August ruling in which the Court of Appeals ruled that a 2012 law improperly intrudes on the constitutional authority of charter cities.

The state had appealed a 2013 ruling by a Pima County Superior Court judge.

Supporters of the law argued that requiring the cities to hold their city elections the same years as elections for president and governor would increase voter turnout and could save money.

City officials said the state was meddling and that the law could require them extend some officials’ terms of office.

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