Arizona Election Law Referendum (2014)

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The Arizona Election Law Referendum was not on the November 4, 2014 election ballot in Arizona as a veto referendum. The measure sought to repeal House Bill 2305,[1] which Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed into law. The law would have required all candidates running for office to obtain the same number of signatures in order to get their names on the ballot, rendered the act of picking up another person's early ballot illegal, and set stricter qualifications for those wanting to circulate initiative, referendum and recall petitions. The referendum was sponsored by a collection of groups referring to themselves as the "Protect your Right to Vote Committee."[2]

During the 2014 legislative session, lawmakers introduced House Bill 2196, which sought to repeal HB 2305. The bill successfully passed in the House on February 13, 2014, and the Senate followed suit on February 20, 2014.


The veto referendum was sponsored by an assortment of different groups, collectively referring to themselves as the "Protect Your Right to Vote Committee."[2]


HB 2305 was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer and sponsored in the Arizona House by Rep. Eddie Farnsowrth (R-12).[3]

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See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Arizona

In order to land the veto referendum on the 2014 ballot, supporters were required to gather 86,405 valid signatures by September 11, 2013.[2] Supporters of the referendum began circulating petitions in July 2013. On October 29, 2013, the secretary of state confirmed that the measure received enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Supporters turned in over 144,000 signatures, of which 110,770 were declared valid.[4]

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