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:

Arizonans in Action


See the results of a poll on support for statewide initiative & referendum here.

Grade: C+

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:

Eric Ehst

Phone: (602) 971-7064

Email Eric


State Balloting Process

How you can change Arizona’s government through ballot initiatives


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

Excerpted from the Initiative & Referendum Almanac by M. Dane Waters.