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Message to Voters from Secretary of State Ken Bennett


Important choices lie ahead. That's why we prepared Arizona's General Election Guide. This year Arizona will be conducting our General Election on November 6, and we hope this pamphlet is a helpful tool for your use.

The pamphlet is divided into three parts:

(1) General information about voting.

(2) Information about each proposition that will appear on the ballot, including the actual language of the measure followed by a description of what the measure does and arguments for and against the measure filed by members of the public.

(3) A judicial performance review, provided by the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, to assist you in reviewing the judges who will be on the ballot.

Please keep the following important dates in mind:

  • Voter Registration Deadline if you are not already registered to vote: October 9. For information about your registration, please call your County Recorder's office. A list of contact information for each County Recorder can be found below.
  • Early Voting: October 11 - October 26. This is the period when early ballots are mailed to registered voters who request one. Contact your County Recorder to receive a ballot in the mail, or to request that your name be placed on the Permanent Early Voting List.
  • Election Day: November 6. Polling places are open from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

If you are either in the military or an Arizona voter living overseas, you can find important voting information by clicking here.

Local governments will also be holding elections November 6. State and local elections will be combined on one ballot. Contact your County Elections Department for information about local elections or visit the Secretary of State's Website - www.azsos.gov - if you have any questions.

Thank you for taking the time to inform yourself and participate in this important Election.

Sincerely,

Bennett Signature

Ken Bennett

Arizona Secretary of State


VOTER REGISTRATION

 

DEADLINE: October 9 is the registration deadline for the 2012 General Election if you are not already registered to vote.

REGISTER ONLINE: Register to vote online at the Secretary of State's Website by using the EZ voter registration service and your valid Arizona driver's license or nonoperating identification license. Visit: www.azsos.gov.

 

 

PAPER REGISTRATION*: Blank voter registration forms, which can be filled out and returned to the Secretary of State's office or your County Recorder's office, are also available and can be obtained:

1.) From the Secretary of State's Website ( www.azsos.gov )

2.) By calling the Secretary of State's office at 1-877-THE VOTE (1-877-843-8683)

3.) By contacting your County Recorder's office (listed below) or

4.) At other government offices and public locations throughout the state.

 
* Paper forms must be received by your County Recorder or the Secretary of State's office
BEFORE 5 p.m., Oct. 9, 2012.
 

 

ADDITIONAL ONLINE VOTER SERVICES

 

The Arizona Secretary of State provides additional online services that will help Arizona citizens when voting. Arizona is already a leader in the nation in online voter registration. These new services allow Arizona citizens to:

· Check their voter registration status

· Check their polling location

· Check their provisional ballot status

· Check their early ballot status

Please visit voter.azsos.gov to use these new services.

 
VOTER ACCESSIBILITY

 

 

 

County election officials will accommodate special needs of voters who are physically unable to go to the polls or who need special access or special voting aid at the polling place. Accessible voting devices will be available in every polling place. Accessible voting machines create an independent and private voting experience for voters with disabilities. Arizona residents who need assistance with voting should contact their county election department at the numbers listed below.

 

EARLY VOTING

Early voting dates to remember:

Oct. 11 - Oct. 26: Early ballots mailed to registered voters who request one AND registered voters on the Permanent Early Voting List. To check if you are on the Permanent Early Voting List, contact your County Recorder or visit voter.azsos.gov.




 

Oct. 26: Last day to request an early ballot from your County Recorder. Requests must be made by 5 p.m.

 

 

Nov. 1: Last day to safely submit a voted early ballot by mail.

Nov. 6: Election Day - Your voted early ballot must be received by either your County Recorder's office or ANY polling place in your county by 7 p.m.

Any registered voter in Arizona may vote early by one of two ways:

1.) Permanent Early Voting List

If you are on the Permanent Early Voting List, an early ballot will automatically be sent to the address your County Recorder has on file.

Check to see if you are on the Permanent Early Voting List by visiting voter.azsos.gov.

Election Mail is Non Forwardable. If you are on the Permanent Early Voting List and wish to receive your early ballot at an address different than your regular mailing address, contact your County Recorder to request your early ballot be sent to the different address.

If you are NOT on the Permanent Early Voting List and would like to be on it, please contact your County Recorder.

 

 

2.) One-Time Early Ballot Request

If you are NOT on the Permanent Early Voting List, and would like to request a one-time early ballot from your County Recorder, you may do so by telephone, mail, or fax. Online early ballot requests are also available in certain counties. When contacting your County Recorder to obtain an early ballot, make sure to include:

1.) Your name and address as registered

2.) Date of birth and state or country of birth

3.) The election for which the ballot is requested

4.) Address where you are temporarily residing (if applicable)

5.) Your signature (signatures are required for all early ballot requests except when requesting online )

 

 

Your County Recorder's contact information can be found below.
MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military personnel and voters living overseas are able to conveniently participate in federal and Arizona elections by visiting the Secretary of State online at:

www.azsos.gov/election/military.htm.

A military or overseas voter may fill out the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) online. This serves as both the voter registration and early ballot request form.

The voter can also request the FPCA from his or her voting assistance officer or by contacting the County Recorder directly (see below).

Once the FPCA has been filled out by the military or overseas voter, it may be faxed back to the appropriate County Recorder, or to the Secretary of State's office at (602) 364-2087.

The Secretary of State's office will forward the FPCA to the appropriate County Recorder.

After the request for an early ballot is processed, a military or overseas voter will receive information on how to submit a voted ballot using the Secretary of State's secure ballot upload system.

The voter will log onto the secure site and upload an image of the voted ballot which will then be securely transmitted to the proper county. A military or overseas voter can also fax the voter's ballot directly to the proper County Recorder for processing.

 

Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. local ARIZONA time on Election Day.

ALTERNATE FORMATS

 

 

The 2012 General Election Publicity Pamphlet is available in alternate formats. Arizona residents who need information about the 2012 General Election ballot propositions in another format should contact the Election Services Division of the Secretary of State's Office at (602) 542-8683, 1-877-THE VOTE (1-877-843-8683), 1-800-458-5842, or TDD (602) 255-8683.

Alternate formats from the Secretary of State's office include:

1. Standard Print - English

2. Large Print - English

3. Standard Print - Spanish

4. Online - www.azsos.gov

5. Sun Sounds - Voter Information Project

 
VOTER RIGHTS

 

 

- Any voter may be accompanied into the voting booth and assisted in casting a ballot by a person of the voter's choice or by two poll workers of different political parties.

- Candidates whose names appear on the ballot (other than precinct committeemen) may not assist voters.

- A voter may be accompanied by a person under the age of 18.

 

- Sample ballots may be brought to the polling place and may be taken into the voting booth at the time of the election.

- Any qualified voter who is in line to vote at 7 p.m. on Election Day shall be allowed to prepare and cast a ballot.

 

 

POLLING PLACE INFORMATION

 

 

1.) The polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

2.) Make sure to bring appropriate identification to the polls to avoid having to cast a provisional ballot! Acceptable forms of identification can be found on the next page.

3.) Mark your ballot beside the name of each candidate you wish to vote for.

4.) To vote for an official write-in candidate, write the candidate's name in the line provided AND mark your ballot beside the name you have written. An official list of write-in candidates is provided at your polling location.

 

5.) Ask for assistance if you are physically unable to mark your ballot or wish to use the accessible voting system. Two election officers from different political parties or the person of your choice will assist you in marking your ballot if you wish to vote a paper ballot and are physically unable to mark it. Neither of the election officers who assist you in voting are allowed to influence your vote by recommending or suggesting any candidate or political party for any office.

6.) If you spoil your ballot, conceal your vote and present it to the election judge. Each voter is entitled to only two additional replacement ballots.

7.) If you believe that a violation of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 has occurred, you may contact:

Secretary of State Election Services Division

1700 W. Washington St., 7th Floor

Phoenix, AZ 85007-2808

1-877-THE VOTE (1-877-843-8683)

www.azsos.gov

 

ID AT THE POLLS

Every qualified elector is required to show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot. The following lists show acceptable forms of identification at the polling place. You may bring:

 

1.) Any one form of ID from list 1, OR;

2.) Any two forms of ID from list 2, OR;

3.) Two forms of ID as presented in list 3.

 

 

 

List 1 - Acceptable forms of identification with photograph, name, and address of the elector (1 required) :

· Valid Arizona driver license

· Valid Arizona non-operating identification license

· Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification

· Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification

An identification is "valid" unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

 

OR

 

List 2 - Acceptable forms of identification without a photograph that bear the name and address of the elector (2 required) :

· Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television

· Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election

· Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration

· Indian census card

· Property tax statement of the elector's residence

· Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification

· Arizona vehicle insurance card

· Recorder's Certificate

· Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder

· Any mailing to the elector marked "Official Election Material"

An identification is "valid" unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

 

OR

 

List 3 - Acceptable forms of identification, one identification with name and photo of the elector accompanied by one non-photo identification with name and address (2 forms of ID required) :

· Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register

· U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2

· U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2

 
An identification is "valid" unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

 

 
PROVISIONAL BALLOTS

 

 

 

 

Attention:

Every person who comes into a polling place has the right to cast a ballot and cannot be turned away.

 

In certain situations however, a voter may be required to vote a provisional ballot.

 

A provisional ballot is a ballot that will only be counted if the County Recorder

can determine the voter's eligibility.

 

If you cast a provisional ballot, your ballot will be counted ONCE IT HAS BEEN VERIFIED that you have:

1. Voted at the correct polling place,

2. Provided the required identification documents, and

3. Are registered to vote in the county in which you voted.

 

After the election you can check the status of your provisional ballot by visiting
Voter View, Arizona's Voter Information Center at:
voter.azsos.gov

 

BECOME A POLL WORKER

 

 

Poll workers are critical to a successful election. The Secretary of State's office is reaching out to civic minded citizens to serve on Election Day. This important civic responsibility is open to all registered voters in Arizona and citizens who are at least 16 years of age at the time of the election.

Bilingual (Spanish-speaking or Native American-speaking) poll workers are especially needed. Poll workers are paid for their time and effort.

 

If you are interested, please visit: www.azsos.gov/election/pollworker or contact your local county elections office (see below).

 

NOTICE OF DISCLAIMER

Due to the possibility of legal challenges to one or more of the Propositions published in this pamphlet, there may be changes in what appears on the ballot on November 6, 2012. Please review your ballot carefully before voting.

For information about propositions on the November ballot, visit the Secretary of State's Website, www.azsos.gov, or call 1-877-THE VOTE (1-877-843-8683). Those measures that achieve ballot status will be listed on the Website upon completion of the verification process and court proceedings.

 

 

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS PAMPHLET

The 2012 General Election Candidate Statements Pamphlet is available from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission prior to the start of early voting.

A pamphlet is mailed to every household in Arizona that contains a registered voter.

If you would like more information about the Candidate Statements Pamphlet, contact the Citizens Clean Elections Commission at: (602) 364-3477; Toll-free at 1-877-631-8891; Website address www.azcleanelections.gov; or visit the Commission's office at 1616 W. Adams St., Ste. 110, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

 

 

 

COUNTY RECORDERS

 

LeNora Y. Fulton

Apache County Recorder

Physical: 75 West Cleveland

Mailing: P.O. Box 425

St. Johns, Arizona 85936-0425

Phone 928/337-7514

FAX 928/337-7676

TDD 928/337-4402

Email lfulton@co.apache.az.us

Christine Rhodes

Cochise County Recorder

1415 West Melody Lane, Bldg B

Bisbee, Arizona 85603

Phone 520/432-8354

FAX 520/432-8368

TDD 520/432-8360

Email recorder@cochise.az.gov

Candace D. Owens

Coconino County Recorder

110 East Cherry Avenue

Flagstaff, Arizona 86001-4696

Phone 928/679-7860 or

800/793-6181

FAX 928/679-7851

TDD 928/679-7131

Email ccelections@coconino.az.gov

Sadie Jo Tomerlin

Gila County Recorder

1400 East Ash Street

Globe, Arizona 85501-1496

Phone 928/402-8735

FAX 928/425-9270

TDD 711 (Arizona Relay)

Email stomerlin@co.gila.az.us

Wendy John

Graham County Recorder

Physical: 921 Thatcher Boulevard

(zip: 85546)

Mailing: P.O. Box 747

Safford, Arizona 85548

Phone 928/428-3560

FAX 928/428-8828

TDD 928/428-3562

Email wjohn@graham.az.gov

Berta Manuz

Greenlee County Recorder

Physical: 253 5th Street

Mailing: P.O. Box 1625

Clifton, Arizona

85533-1625

Phone 928/865-2632

FAX 928/865-4417

TDD 928/865-2632

Email bmanuz@co.greenlee.az.us

Shelly Baker

La Paz County Recorder

1112 Joshua Avenue, Suite 201

Parker, Arizona 85344-5755

Phone 928/669-6136

FAX 928/669-5638

TDD 928/669-8400

Email sbaker@co.la-paz.az.us

Helen Purcell

Maricopa County Recorder

111 South 3rd Avenue, #103

Phoenix, Arizona 85003-2225

Phone 602/506-1511

FAX 602/506-5112

TDD 602/506-2348

Email voterinfo@risc.maricopa.gov

Carol Meier

Mohave County Recorder

Physical: 700 West Beale Street (zip: 86401)

Mailing: P.O. Box 7000

Kingman, Arizona

86402-0070

Phone 928/753-0767

FAX 928/718-4917

TDD 928/753-0769

Email erma.allen@mohavecounty.us

Laurette Justman

Navajo County Recorder

Physical: 100 East Code Talkers

Drive, South Hwy 77

Mailing: P.O. Box 668

Holbrook, Arizona

86025-0668

Phone 928/524-4192

FAX 928/524-4308

TDD 928/524-4294

Email laurie.justman@navajocountyaz.gov

F. Ann Rodriguez

Pima County Recorder

Physical: 115 North Church Avenue (zip: 85701)

Mailing: P.O. Box 3145

Tucson, Arizona

85702-3145

Phone 520/724-4330

FAX 520/623-1785

TDD 520/724-4320

Email recorder@recorder.pima.gov

Laura Dean-Lytle

Pinal County Recorder

Physical: 31 North Pinal Street, Bldg E

Mailing: P.O. Box 848

Florence, Arizona

85132-0848

Phone 520/509-3555 or

888/431-1311

FAX 520/866-6831

TDD 520/866-6851

Email recorder@pinalcounty.az.gov

Suzanne "Suzie" Sainz

Santa Cruz County Recorder

2150 North Congress Drive

Nogales, Arizona 85621-1090

Phone 520/375-7990

FAX 520/375-7996

TDD 520/761-7816

Email ssainz@co.santa-cruz.az.us

Leslie Hoffman

Yavapai County Recorder

1015 Fair Street, Rm # 228

Prescott, Arizona 86305-1852

Phone 928/771-3248

FAX 928/771-3446

TDD 928/771-3530

Email web.voter.registration@yavapai.us

Robyn Stallworth Pouquette

Yuma County Recorder

410 South Maiden Lane, #B

Yuma, Arizona 85364-2311

Phone 928/373-6034

FAX 928/373-6024

TDD 928/373-6033

Email Robyn.Pouquette@yumacountyaz.gov

 

 

COUNTY ELECTION DIRECTORS
Angela Romero, Director

Apache County Elections

Physical: 75 West Cleveland

Mailing: P.O. Box 428

St. Johns, Arizona 85936

Phone 928/337-7537

FAX 928/337-7538

Email aromero@co.apache.az.us

Juanita Murray, Director

Cochise County Elections

Physical: 100 Clawson Avenue,

3rd Floor

Mailing: P.O. Box 223

Bisbee, Arizona 85603

Phone 520/432-8970

FAX 520/432-8995

Email jmurray@cochise.az.gov

Patty Hansen, Chief Deputy/Director

Coconino County Elections

110 East Cherry Avenue

Flagstaff, Arizona 86001

Phone 928/679-7860 or

800/793-6181

FAX 928/679-7851

Email ccelections@coconino.az.gov

Linda Eastlick, Director

Gila County Elections

5515 South Apache Avenue, Suite 900

Globe, Arizona 85501

Phone 928/402-8708

FAX 928/402-4319

Email leastlick@gilacountyaz.gov

Judy Dickerson, Deputy Clerk/Director

Graham County Elections

921 Thatcher Boulevard

Safford, Arizona 85546

Phone 928/792-5037

FAX 928/428-5951

Email jdickerson@graham.az.gov

Yvonne Pearson, Clerk/Director

Greenlee County Elections

Physical: 253 5th Street

Mailing: P.O. Box 908

Clifton, Arizona 85533

Phone 928/865-2072

FAX 928/865-9332

Email ypearson@co.greenlee.az.us

Donna J. Hale, Clerk/Director

La Paz County Board of Supervisors

1108 Joshua Avenue

Parker, Arizona 85344

Phone 928/669-6115

FAX 928/669-9709

Email dhale@co.la-paz.az.us

Karen Osborne, Director

Maricopa County Elections

111 South 3rd Avenue #102

Phoenix, Arizona 85003

Phone 602/506-1511

FAX 602/506-5112

Email voterinfo@risc.maricopa.gov

Allen Tempert, Director

Mohave County Elections

Physical: 700 West Beale Street (zip: 86401)

Mailing: P.O. Box 7000

Kingman, Arizona

86402-7000

Phone 928/753-0733

FAX 928/718-4956

Email elections@mohavecounty.us

Johnathan R. Roes, Director

Navajo County Elections

Physical: 100 East Code Talkers Drive,

South Hwy 77

Mailing: P.O. Box 668

Holbrook, Arizona 86025

Phone 928/524-4062

FAX 928/524-4048

Email Johnathan.Roes@navajocountyaz.gov

Brad R. Nelson, Director

Pima County Elections

6550 South Country Club

Tucson, Arizona 85756

Phone 520/724-6830

FAX 520/724-6870

Email elections@pima.gov

Steve Kizer, Director

Pinal County Elections

Physical: 383 North Main Street

Mailing: P.O. Box 1592

Florence, Arizona

85132-1592

Phone 520/866-7550

FAX 520/866-7551

Email steve.kizer@pinalcountyaz.gov

Melinda Meek, Clerk/Director

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors

2150 North Congress Drive,

Suite 119

Nogales, Arizona 85621

Phone 520/375-7808

FAX 520/761-7843

Email mmeek@co.santa-cruz.az.us

Lynn Constabile, Director

Yavapai County Elections

1015 Fair Street, Rm # 228

Prescott, Arizona 86305

Phone 928/771-3250

FAX 928/771-3446

Email web.elections@co.yavapai.az.us

Sue Stallworth Reynolds, Director

Yuma County Elections

198 South Main Street

Yuma, Arizona 85364

Phone 928/373-1014

FAX 928/373-1154

Email Sue.Reynolds@yumacountyaz.gov

YOUR VOTE IS YOUR BUSINESS

One of the hallmarks of voting is the personal and private nature of the ballot that allows you to make your own choices.

However, many people with disabilities have not been able to enjoy the privilege of a confidential vote. People who are not physically able to hold or maneuver a pen or pencil to vote, as well as those who cannot see the actual ballot, have traditionally had to verbalize their vote to an attendant, poll worker or family member.

Fortunately, the State of Arizona equips its polling places with accessible voting machines that help voters throughout the state make their selections independently and accurately.

Accessible voting machines create a simple, private voting experience for people of all ages, including those with:

• low vision

• blindness

• deafness

• hard of hearing

• low vision and hearing

• low literacy

• no literacy

• physical disabilities

• wheelchair users

• hand tremors

• short stature

• mouth stick users

• head stick users

• limited strength

• limited mobility

Voters in Apache, Coconino, Gila, Greenlee, LaPaz, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai and Yuma counties will have access to Premier TSX voting machines.

Voters in Cochise and Graham counties can use ES&S Auto- MARK voting machines. Voters in Maricopa County can vote using Sequoia Edge II devices.


Visit www.azsos.gov or
call 1-877-THE VOTE
(1-877-843-8683)

A GUIDE TO PROPOSITIONS

A guide to Arizona Propositions ~ Initiative and Referendum Measures

Arizona's Constitution puts legislative power not only in a House of Representatives and Senate, but in the people themselves.

Initiative
This means that Arizona voters have the ability to propose laws or constitutional amendments or changes to laws or the Constitution through the initiative process.
To propose such changes, the proponents must file an application with the Secretary of State, including a summary of the measure and the complete text that is proposed to be submitted to a vote of the people.
If sufficient signatures are gathered, the Proposition will be placed on the general election ballot.

Referendum
Not only do Arizona voters have the ability to propose laws, they may also circulate a petition against a measure or part of a measure approved by the Legislature.
As with initiative measures, to propose such changes, the proponents must file an application with the Secretary of State, including a summary of the proposal and the text of the measure or portion of the measure that is proposed to be submitted to a vote of the people.
If sufficient signatures are gathered, the Proposition will be placed on the general election ballot.

Making Sense of Ballot Measure Numbering

State law requires that ballot measures be numbered according to four criteria:

100
Constitutional amendments, whether initiated by the people or referred by the Legislature, are numbered in the 100s.

200
Citizen initiatives to create new or amend current state laws (statutes) are numbered in the 200s.

300
Legislative referrals to create new or amend current statutes are numbered in the 300s.

400
Local matters are numbered in the 400s.

PROPOSITIONS ARGUMENTS DISCLAIMER

The Office of the Secretary of State is required by law to publish in this pamphlet every argument filed, whether in favor of or in opposition to a ballot measure.
The number of arguments for or against a particular ballot measure should not be construed as an endorsement for or against that Proposition by the Office of the Secretary of State.
The opinions expressed by the authors of the arguments are theirs alone.

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The Ballot Format displayed in HTML reflects only the text of the Ballot Proposition and does not reflect how it will appear on the General Election Ballot.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation were reproduced as submitted in the "for" and "against" arguments.


KEN BENNETT
Arizona Secretary of State

© September 2012