An initiative is the method by which voters may propose new laws or amend existing laws by gathering signatures from registered voters to place the issue on the ballot.

About Initiatives

The Constitution of Arizona provides voters with the ability to propose new laws or constitutional amendments through the initiative process. Ariz. Const. Art. IV, pt. 1, § 1(2).

The person or organization putting forward the initiative must file these signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office at least four months prior to the next general election. Ariz. Const. Art. IV, pt. 1, § 1(4). If enough valid signatures are submitted, the proposed statutory or constitutional amendment will be placed on the next general election ballot. Ariz. Const. Art. IV, pt. 1, § 1(1). A “yes” vote is a vote for enacting the new law or constitutional amendment, while a “no” vote is a vote for retaining existing law. Ariz. Const. Art. IV, pt. 1, § 1(10).


The Arizona Constitution requires valid signatures from 15% of qualified electors to place an initiative proposing a constitutional amendment on the ballot and valid signatures from 10% of qualified electors to place an initiative proposing a statutory amendment on the ballot. Ariz. Const. Art. IV, pt. 1, § 1(2).

Dates and Signature Requirements

Initiative Date and Signature Requirements for the 2024 Election Cycle (Ariz. Const. Art. IV, pt. 1, § 1(2), (4)):

  • Initiative petitions must be filed by: July 3, 2024
  • Signature Requirements for Constitutional Amendment: 383,923
  • Signature Requirements for Statutory Initiative Measures: 255,949

Preparing an Initiative

Steps for Preparing an Initiative

  1. Form a political committee through the Arizona Secretary of State's online system, Beacon, or be prepared to designate an existing (non-candidate) political committee to act as the petition sponsor.A.R.S. § 19-111(A).
  2. File an Application for Serial Number with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.A.R.S. § 19-111(A).
  3. Acquire the appropriate initiative petition from the Arizona Secretary of State's Office
  4. Ensure any paid or out-of-state circulators have registered with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.A.R.S. § 19-118(A).
  5. Circulate petitions and obtain signatures from eligible voters.A.R.S. § 19-112(A).
  6. Submit circulated petitions to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office by the deadline.Ariz. Const. Art. IV, pt. 1, § 1(4)
  7. The Secretary of State and applicable County Recorders will process the petitions and determine whether enough signatures were gathered to place the measure on the ballot.A.R.S. §§ 19-121.01; 19 -121.02.

Initiative Status

The 2024 Initiative Filing Deadline is July 3, 2024. More information will be available after the 2024 Initiative Filing Deadline; please check back after deadline.

Submit For/Against Argument

The Ballot Measure Argument Portal will open for submissions from May 20, 2024 at 12:00 pm – July 3, 2024 at 5:00 pm.


Elections FAQ

An early ballot may be requested through our new Voter Information Portal or by contacting your County Recorder’s office. To have your name placed on the Active Early Voter List (AEVL), complete a new voter registration form and check the box marked “YES, I want to automatically receive an early ballot for each election for which I am eligible.” Or you can log in to Service Arizona and complete this request online.

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    5. Verify address information
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    If you are having trouble logging in to the Service Arizona website, you can print off a Voter Registration Form and fill it out with your new information. After you finish, mail the completed form to your County Recorder’s office and your information will be updated.

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Note: This DOES NOT apply to the Presidential Preference Election. Voters must be registered with a recognized party to vote in the Presidential Preference Election.

The state of Arizona uses E-qual to verify that the person signing the qualifying slip or nomination petition is eligible to do so. After successful verification, the person can give $5 qualifying contribution slips or sign a nomination petition for candidates the person is eligible to vote for in the election.

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You do not need postage if you mail your ballot back in Arizona.

All early ballots come with a postage-paid return envelope. There is no need to add postage. Voters should remember to sign and date the return envelope, and to include a phone number in case election officials need to follow up with you.

If you have lost or damaged your ballot-by-mail, you may request a replacement ballot via mail or in-person.

To request a replacement ballot-by-mail, contact your County Recorder’s Office directly. Requests must be made no later than 11 days prior to Election Day. A.R.S. § 16-542(E).

You may also visit a voting location on or before Election Day to vote in-person. Visit to find your correct voting location.

The County will cancel your prior ballot if you request a replacement ballot.

No, Official Election Mail cannot be forwarded automatically by the postal service. If you will be out of town during the election, you may request to have your ballot sent to your temporary address. Contact your County Recorder directly to make this request.

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