Arizona local initiative and referendum

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The Arizona Constitution provides that every incorporated city, town and county has initiative and referendum rights and sets the signature requirements. It provides that municipal charters can be amended via this initiative process.

  • (8) Local, city, town or county matters. The powers of the initiative and the

referendum are hereby further reserved to the qualified electors of every incorporated city, town, and county as to all local, city, town, or county matters on which such incorporated cities, towns, and counties are or shall be empowered by general laws to legislate. Such incorporated cities, towns, and counties may prescribe the manner of exercising said powers within the restrictions of general laws. Under the power of the initiative fifteen per centum of the qualified electors may propose measures on such local, city, town, or county matters, and ten per centum of the electors may propose the referendum on legislation enacted within and by such city, town, or county. Until provided by general law, said cities and towns may prescribe the basis on which said percentages shall be computed.

  • Article 13 establishes procedures for amending municipal charters:

The charter so ratified may be amended by amendments proposed and submitted by the legislative authority of the city to the qualified electors thereof (or by petition as hereinafter provided), at a general or special election, and ratified by a majority of the qualified electors voting thereon and approved by the governor as herein provided for the approval of the charter.

All Arizona Incorporated cities, towns and counties:
Charter Amendment 15% of qualified electors
Ordinance 15% of qualified electors
Referendum 10% of qualified electors


Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Santa, Yavapai, Yuma


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Avondale, Chandler, Flagstaff, Florence, Gilbert, Glendale, Kingman, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale, Tucson, Yuma