The city of Casper maintains that its city clerk legally rejected a smoking ban referendum and is not required to conduct a recount.
Attorneys for the city responded to a lawsuit challenging the Casper's petition signature verification process.
The lawsuit was filed by a group called Keep Casper Smoke Free, which circulated the petition. The petition fell 61 signatures short of the number it needed to put the issue on the ballot. The group maintains some signatures it collected were wrongly thrown out and wants a recount.
But in its reply, the city maintains that it did not act "arbitrarily or capriciously" while verifying the signatures.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that city also argues the state court has no right to review the complaint.