2018 Ballot Measure Arguments
The deadline to file Ballot Measure Arguments for or against proposed ballot measures for the 2018 General Election was 11:59 P.M. (MST) on July 11, 2018.
Please note: Ballot measure arguments will be printed in the publicity pamphlet in the order in which they were paid for and received by the Secretary of State's Office.
Current Applications for the 2018 General Election
Four ballot measures filed petitions with the Secretary of State's office before the July 5, 2018 filing deadline:
- C-03-2018: Stop Political Dirty Money Amendment (Filed July 5)
- C-04-2018: Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona Amendment (Filed July 5)
- C-05-2018: The Protect Arizona Taxpayers Act (Filed July 2)
- I-17-2018: Invest in Education Act (Filed July 5)
Under Arizona law, the Secretary of State's Office has 20 days (excluding weekends or legal holidays) to conduct its initial review of initiative petitions.
Observation Rules for Initiative Processing
Once an initiative has been filed with the Secretary of State’s Office, our office permits a limited number of parties to observe the initiative review process. This section outlines the general rules governing observation.
Observation is generally permitted at the following stages of processing an initiative petition:
- Filing the initiative petitions
- Destapling the initiative petitions from the attached title/text
- Scanning the initiative petitions
- Reviewing the initiative petitions
- Transporting the initiative petitions between processing locations
These processes take place at various locations within the Capitol Executive Tower, which are limited to the following number of observers “per side:”
- Destapling room: 3 observers
- Scanning room: 1 observer
- Reviewing room: 2 observers
Here are the rules governing observer conduct:
- Observers may not speak with or otherwise intervene with our workers. Observers are limited to speaking with the Secretary of State’s staff supervisor in the applicable processing area.
- Observers must be silent during their observation and may not take or make phone calls.
- Observers are only permitted in the designated areas. This is a working office with other employees performing non-initiative work.
- Observers may arrive at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. for their shift. Observers should arrive at the appropriate location for observation shift. Please note, limited observation is also permitted when the Secretary of State’s staff works before and after normal business hours, including weekends and holidays.
- Observers are required to wear identification badges.
- Observers may not touch any petition sheets under any circumstances.
- Observer supervisors are responsible for policing their observers and ensuring no more than the proper quantity are present at each location.
- No photographs, videos, or recordings (including audio) of any kind are permitted.
- Be respectful to observers from the “other side.” You will be in close proximity and we expect everyone to be treated cordially and professionally.
- Do not ask for daily signature totals.
- Please note, the Secretary of State’s staff has no obligation to provide you information or access you did not request. Nor does the Secretary of State’s staff have an obligation to cross-level each “side’s” resources. For example, if one “side” has an attorney present while the other “side” does not, or one “side” supplied observers for the weekend while the other “side” did not, the Secretary of State’s office will continue processing initiative petitions and will not be in a position to pause its operations.
- Please note, we reserve the right to ask specific observers to leave based on failure to follow our parameters.
- These rules are not exhaustive and subject to change without notice.
Finally, please keep in mind the purpose of observation. There is not enough time, resources or physical space to observe each and every processing decision made by the Secretary of State’s Office. Rather, the purpose of observation is to observe the overall process and ensure that basic standards of security and impartiality are being followed.
Preparing an Initiative, Referendum or Recall
- Form a political committee through the Secretary of State's online system, or be prepared to designate an existing (non-candidate) political committee to act as the petition sponsor.
- File an Application for Serial Number with the Secretary of State’s Office.
- Acquire the appropriate initiative, referendum, or recall petition in-person from the Secretary of State's Office.
- Ensure any paid or out-of-state circulators have registered with the Secretary of State's Office.
- Circulate petitions and obtain signatures from eligible voters.
- Submit circulated petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office by the statutory deadline.
- The Secretary of State and various County Recorders will process the petitions and determine whether enough signatures were gathered to place the measure on the ballot.