Edited by Brittany Clingen
Arizonans will have one less ballot measure to vote on in November after Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a bill that essentially nullifies a measure that was slated to appear on the November 4, 2014 election ballot. In 2013, the Arizona Legislature passed House Bill 2305. This bill, among other things, required all candidates running for office to obtain the same number of signatures in order to get their names on the ballot - making the process more difficult for minor parties - 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. Brewer signed the bill into law in June 2013. A collection of groups opposed to the law - which collectively referred to themselves as the "Protect your Right to Vote Committee" - launched an effort to repeal the law via a vote of the people.
59 measures for 2014
In order to land their veto referendum on the 2014 ballot, supporters were required to collect at least 86,405 valid signatures by September 11, 2013. 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. The implementation of HB 2305 was delayed, pending the result of November's vote. However, recent action by the governor and the legislature has upended the process, preventing voters from casting their ballots on the issue.
Rep. Eddie Farnsowrth (R-12), the same person who sponsored HB 2305 in 2013, sponsored House Bill 2196, the legislation that sought to and successfully repealed the original law upon Brewer's signing of it. Democrats were against HB 2305 from the beginning and supported the referendum on it. However, they are equally peeved about the passage of HB 2196, claiming it is an affront to voters. Rep. Martin Quezada (D-29) said, "The governor's decision to sign HB 2196 is an insult to Arizona voters. They wanted a chance to have their voices heard on a law that created significant barriers to the voting process." The passage of HB 2196 currently leaves just one measure on the ballot: a measure that seeks to create a direct mechanism by which the use of state personnel and financial resources is guaranteed to be employed only for purposes that are congruent with the state constitution.
| 2014 Count
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