You have full Initiative & Referendum rights. Citizens can pass laws they write or suspend a statute passed by the Legislature by collecting enough petition signatures to place the statute on the statewide ballot for a decision by the voters. Voters can also initiate constitutional amendments by Initiative.
Coalition for an Open & Accessible Initiative Process:
Click here to view Arizona’s individual report in Of the People, By the People, For the People: A 2010 Report Card on Statewide Voter Initiative Rights.
Citizen State Coordinator
For more information about how to get involved in protecting and expanding Arizona’s initiative process, contact the Citizens in Charge Foundation Arizona State Coordinator:
Phone: (602) 971-7064
State Balloting Process
Arizona acquired statewide initiative, referendum, and recall rights at
the time of statehood in 1912. Equity mentions “Hon. A. C. Baker of
Phoenix” as a leader of the local direct democracy movement… Read More
Ballot Qualifications & Schedule
Date Initiative language can be submitted: Any time after even year general elections.
Signatures are tied to vote of which office: Governor
Next Gubernatorial election: 2010
Votes cast for governor in last election: 1,533,640
Net number of signatures required: For statute – 10% of votes cast for
governor (153,364). For constitutional amendment – 15% (230,046)
Distribution Requirement: None
Circulation period: 620 Days
Do circulators have to be residents: No
Date when signatures are due for certification: 4 months prior to next election
Signature verification process: Random Sampling.
Single-subject restriction: Arizona has a single subject requirement.
Legislative tampering: The legislature cannot repeal an initiative — but
they can amend an initiative if amending legislation furthers the purposes
of such measure and at least three-fourths of the members of each house
of the legislature, by a roll call of ayes and nays, vote to amend such