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If there is an issue that you think should become a law, you don’t have to wait until your state legislature agrees with you. You can let the voters decide by filing a ballot initiative. Your direct action can qualify your measure to be on the ballot in the next statewide election.

Last updated on: September 15, 2020

The following is a brief overview of the ballot initiative process in Arizona. Please reference Arizona Constitution for further information about referendums, statues, requirements, and restrictions.

According to the Arizona Constitution, the people of that right to enact or propose laws, and referendums at a state level. 

Getting Started

Before you begin the ballot initiative process in Arizona, you will need a political committee that will act as the sponsor of the initiative. You can designate an existing committee or create one online.

The committee will then apply for an initiative serial number by submitting an application to the Secretary of State’s Office. 

Initiative Petition in Arizona

The Secretary of State’s Office will provide you with an initiative petition sheet once you receive a serial number. You will need to use this official paperwork to collect valid names and signatures for your initiative.

To find the number of signatures required for your initiative petition you will need to reference the Secretary of State’s website. For 2020, you will need to collect a minimum of 237,645 signatures.

For information about dates and filing deadlines check with the Secretary of State.

To begin the ballot initiative process in Arizona, contact us today.