Under Arizona law, a new political party may become eligible for recognition and be represented by an official party ballot at the next ensuing regular primary election upon filing the requisite number of petition signatures with the Secretary of State by the statutory deadline that occurs every odd-numbered year. New political parties are entitled to representation on the official ballot through the next two regularly scheduled general elections for federal office.
How to Create a New Statewide Political Party
Register a campaign finance committee and submit a Statement of Organization via Beacon
- Circulate petitions to collect the required number of signatures
- Submit petitions along with the affidavit of 10 qualified electors to the SOS
- SOS verifies signatures
Signature Requirements for New Party Recognition
The signature totals and deadline for the 2024 cycle will be posted in early 2023.
In order to be recognized for Federal, Statewide, and Legislative races in the 2022 Primary and General Elections, an aspiring political party had to submit to the Secretary of State a minimum of 31,686 valid signatures no later than Friday, November 26, 2021 at 5:00 pm. For further guidance on the creation of a New Party, refer to Chapter 15 of the 2019 Elections Procedures Manual.
Appointments are required for new party petition filings. Email [email protected] to request an appointment a minimum of two weeks in advance of your preferred date. We recommend reaching out at least one week in advance to meet with our office to discuss the New Party Petition Filing process.
Please contact your County Recorder's Office if you wish to apply for county-level recognition.