Arizona Signature Filing Amendment, Proposition 112 (2010)
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- 1 Aftermath
- 2 Election results
- 3 Text of amendment
- 4 Support
- 5 Opposition
- 6 Campaign contributions
- 7 Analysis, reports and studies
- 8 Media endorsements
- 9 Path to the ballot
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 Additional reading
- 13 References
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The measure, if it had been enacted by a simple majority of Arizona voters, would have changed the current petition drive deadline to be two months earlier than the current deadline. Initiative organizers would have had to turn in those signatures with the Secretary of State by that date. As of 2010, 230,046 signatures were needed to have an initiated constitutional amendment considered for the ballot, while 153,364 signatures were needed to have an initiated state statute to be considered for the ballot. The deadline to turn in those signatures was July 1, 2010.
Following the election, the measure's results were scheduled to be recounted, as there was a narrow vote margin. According to the Arizona Secretary of State's website, the vote was essentially split, with the site listing the 'no' and 'yes' votes at both 50 percent. The recount would cost taxpayers between $150,000 to $200,000, according to state elections officials.
Only two other known statewide recounts have been held in Arizona, one in a 1994 Democratic primary and the other in 1916, when there was a legal challenge for the position of governor. The recount took place after November 29, when official results were released.
- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Official election results were:
|Proposition 112 (Signature Filing)|
Text of amendment
A "yes" vote shall have the effect of changing the initiative filing deadline from four months to six months prior to each general election.
A "no" vote shall have the effect of preserving the current initiative filing deadline.
A concurrent resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Arizona; Amending Article IV, Part 1, Section 1, Constitution of Arizona; relating to initiative petitions.
The summary of the amendment read as follows:
Proposing an amendment to the constitution of Arizona; amending article IV, part 1, section 1, Constitution of Arizona; relating to initiative petitions.
- The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced their endorsement of the measure on June 25, 2010.
- Representative Chad Campbell stated that the measure would allow enough time for lawsuits challenging the measure and other debates to occur before the measure appeared on the ballot for voters. According to Campbell, the time frame in place didn't allow that, "The proposition allows more time for an honest debate about the issues, at no cost to the taxpayer."
- Linda Turley-Hansen, syndicated columnist and former Phoenix TV anchor, advised a 'yes' vote on the measure in an editorial revealing her recommendations for all the propositions on the November ballot.
- The Pima County Democratic Party recommended a 'yes' vote on the measure.
- State Senator Ron Gould and State Representative Nancy G. McLain both voiced their support for the measure.
- The Tucson Chamber of Commerce recommended a 'yes' vote on the measure in an editorial.
Arguments that were made in support of the measure included:
- Supporters stated that the short time frame to turn in signatures made it difficult to challenge petitions.
- Supporters also stated that the short time frame also added stress to county recorders.
- The Arizona Farm Bureau stated that the measure would raise the standard for initiatives to make it to the ballot. According to the Arizona Farm Bureau, “It is hard to hold the process or our elected representatives accountable when citizens create policy. Through initiatives, narrow ideas can become a tyrannical majority, as there is neither nuance nor compromise as in legislative debate.”
The following arguments were made in opposition to the measure:
- Opponents argued that the state had a long history of direct democracy with citizen initiatives, and that the measure would restrict citizen voices.
- Other opponents point out that there was no problem with the initiative time frame and that the measure was unnecessary.
The following contributions were made in favor of the measure:
|Sundt Companies Inc||$5,000|
|Arizona Business Coalition||$2,500|
|Government for Arizona's Second Century||$100|
Analysis, reports and studies
A legislative council analysis performed on the measure and published in the Arizona Secretary of State's Publicity Pamphlet, impartially stated the following, in terms of what the measure would do if enacted:
- Proposition 112 would amend the Arizona Constitution to require that initiative petitions be filed at least six months before the date on which the measure will be voted on. Under current law, initiative petitions must be filed at least four months before the date on which the measure will be voted on.
- The Arizona Daily Star supported Proposition 112, saying, "Would change the petition deadline to give election officials more time to validate signatures before election deadlines."
- The Yuma Sun stated that the measure is a "sensible request", arguing in an editorial, "It is not a significant hardship to ask those who want to put these serious questions on the ballot to provide an extra two months to process petitions and deal with any legal challenges."
- The East Valley Tribune recommended a 'yes' vote on the measure, stating, "This extends the deadline for filing petitions from four to six months prior to an election — which gives election officials more time to verify signatures."
- The Arizona Republic supported the measure, "The Legislature unanimously approved putting the measure on the ballot. Support comes from both the right and left. Voters should approve Proposition 112's sensible deadlines.
- Goldwater State was for the measure, stating, "At first glance this seems like a mere restriction on the citizens' initiative power. However, the four-month deadline has proved to be unworkable, not allowing time for court hearings if signature counts are in question."
- The Desert Lamp stated in an editorial about the measure: "The passage of this measure favors the gubbamint over the citizen. Though maudlin sniveling about civic duties and the democratic are almost as lethally cloying as cats in sweaters, this measure is the ASUA problem on a grand(ish) scale: too many signatures, too little time."
Path to the ballot
The ballot measure was referred to the November ballot by a majority vote of the Arizona House of Representatives and the Arizona State Senate. Arizona is one of ten states allow a referred amendment to go on the ballot after a majority vote in one session of the state's legislature.
- Arizona 2010 ballot measures
- Arizona Secretary of State
- Arizona Legislature
- Petition drive deadlines, 2010
- Laws governing the initiative process in Arizona
- Arizona Secretary of State Publicity Pamphlet-Proposition 112
- Ambivalence greets Prop. 112, measure to shift petitions deadline
- Longer time line for ballot items would be better(Editorial)
- Arizona Capitol Times, "Legislature sends nine referrals to ballot – initiative still coming", May 3, 2010
- Arizona Republic, "Arizona Prop. 112 recount triggered", November 16, 2010
- Arizona Republic, "Arizona recount: Prop 112 defeated by 194 votes", December 20, 2010
- East Valley Tribune, "Recount results confirm defeat of Prop. 112", December 20, 2010
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Publicity Pamphlet", Retrieved September 21, 2010
- Arizona Secretary of State, "2010 General Election:Ballot measures"
- Arizona Legislature, "House Concurrent Resolution 2018"
- Tucson Citizen, "Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry endorses five ballot measures", June 25, 2010
- Tucson Sentinel, "Prop. 112 seeks to move up initiative filing deadline", October 1, 2010
- East Valley Tribune, "Voters: Awaken and prepare for heavy-duty ballot propositions", October 10, 2010
- Blog For Arizona, "PCDP Ballot Measure Recommendations", Retrieved October 18, 2010
- Kingman Daily Miner, "Officials sound off on upcoming propositions", October 14, 2010
- Inside Tucson Business, "Pro-business endorsements from Tucson chamber of commerce", October 22, 2010
- Morrison Institute, "2010: Proposition 112, Initiative Filing Deadline", September 3, 2010
- Arizona Daily Star, "The Star's recommendations on state, local propositions", October 28, 2010
- Yuma Sun, "Extra time for initiative petitions sensible request", October 10, 2010
- East Valley Tribune, "Endorsements: Ballot propositions", October 24, 2010
- Arizona Republic, "Allow more time to verify petitions", September 24, 2010
- Goldwater State, "Ballot question summaries and recommendations part 1: Propositions 106-113, the Constitutional amendments", November 1, 2010
- Desert Lamp, "The Desert Lamp’s Ballot Proposition Endorsements", October 20, 2010
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