Randy Jones v. Paniagua
The City of Phoenix maintained that a number of signatures equal to 10 percent of the voters who participated in the last mayoral election are required to qualify a referenda for the ballot.
Jones said (and courts have so agreed) that a number of signatures equal to 10 percent of voters who voted in the city's most recent election, including council runoff races, should be required.
If Jones prevails, citizens would need as few as 450 petition signers to qualify a referendum for the ballot.
Referenda in Phoenix
In Phoenix, citizen referenda can be used to challenge and potentially overturn many decisions of the Phoenix City Council including:
- Zoning decisions
- Residential and commercial project decisions
- Budget cuts.