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Third-party signatures (access required)

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Libertarians, Greens will look to courts if election referendum fails

Even if the referendum drive against the omnibus elections measure HB2305 falls short, Greens and Libertarians may still be able to strike down a requirement in the legislation that dramatically increases the number of signatures they need to get on the ballot.

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Brewer’s signing of election bill creates major hurdle for third parties (access required)

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Third-party candidates may become a rare breed in Arizona.

HB2305, an omnibus elections bill, dramatically raises the number of signatures that Green Party, Libertarian and other third-party candidates will need to qualify for the ballot. Whereas signature requirements have historically been based on the number of registered votes a party has, the bill equalizes the requirements for all parties.

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Independents make up largest share of new voters (access required)

Voter registration in Arizona has spiked, adding more than 300,000 people to the rolls in the last two years. The increase indicates that Arizona's political landscape is drawing the public's interest, but many are also registering as independents, which could mean that disaffection with the established parties lingers.

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