AZPHA’s Potential Positions on November Ballot Propositions: Part 2 – Signature Distribution Requirement for Voter Initiatives

Every cycle the Arizona Secretary of State generates a publicity pamphlet to help educate voters ahead of the general election. The pamphlet includes arguments in support of and against citizens’ initiatives and legislative referral. It’s a feature of the Clean Elections voter initiative from several years ago. The publicity pamphlet is a key educational resource for voters to use before voting.

As Arizona’s independent voice for public health, we’ve played a key role in helping voters to understand the public health implications of the various ballot measures. One way we do that is to send arguments for and against ballot propositions focusing on the good and bad public health impacts. Last cycle AZPHA placed arguments for or against 4 of the 10 ballot propositions.

This cycle the window for getting arguments filed is May 20th – June 20th. The arguments are posted in order they are received so it’s a good idea to get arguments early so voters see our stuff first.

There are already 6 ballot measures set for the 2024 ballot (not including the upcoming voter-driven Arizonans for Abortion Access). Three have direct impacts to public health / public health policy and a 4th will the AZ for Abortion Access initiative.

Our Public Health Policy Committee will be recommending arguments for the publicity pamphlet to our Board of Directors for consideration at our May 17 Board Meeting. If approved, I’ll be authorized to submit our arguments for the publicity pamphlet.

Anybody can turn in an argument. Simply write up an argument (300-word limit) and submit it to the General Election Ballot Measure Argument Portal along with the $75 fee. Portal is open from May 20 to June 20.


Below is a summary and a draft argument AGAINST the Arizona Signature Distribution Requirement for Initiatives Amendment
See Our Draft Argument (Against)

This proposition (referred to the ballot by the legislature) adds a new signature distribution requirement to get citizen initiatives on that ballot. It would require organizers of future voter initiatives to gather 10% of votes cast for governor from each of the 30 legislative districts in order to qualify for the ballot. For constitutional amendments voters would need to collect 15% from each legislative district.

Future voter initiatives designed to address public health threats (such as the Arizona Abortion Access Act), the Smoke Free Arizona Act, the Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act and the voter initiative that expanded Medicaid to 100% of poverty would be MUCH harder time making it to the ballot if voters approve this measure.

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