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Feb 6, 2020

Senate committee passes bill to add restrictions to recall elections

A Senate panel voted Thursday to erect some new hurdles in the path of those seeking to recall state and local elected officials.

Dec 12, 2018

Supreme Court upholds lower-court ruling on ‘strict compliance’

A new law making it harder for voters to put their own measures on the ballot will remain on the books, at least for now.

The Arizona Supreme Court from left are Robert Brutinel, John Lopez, John Pelander, Scott Bales, Andrew Gould, Clint Bolick, Ann Scott Timmer.
Oct 26, 2018

Justices explain why Invest in Ed measure booted from ballot

Citing confusing language that could trip up voters, five of Arizona’s Supreme Court justices explained their decision to bar a citizen initiative to raise taxes for education in a ruling released Friday morning.

Aug 23, 2018

Court ruling, lack of signatures sink ‘dark money’ ballot measure

A new court decision Thursday has left backers of a ban on "dark money'' even further from their goal of getting the measure on the ballot.

Jun 8, 2018

Groups take voter initiative restriction to state Supreme Court

Several organizations are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to void a law they say will make it more difficult for groups like theirs to put initiatives on the ballot.

Jul 12, 2017

Trial on citizen initiative restrictions gets underway

The consultant who has helped with most of the recent initiative drives testified Wednesday a new state law will impair the ability of Arizonans to craft their own laws.

Jun 5, 2017

Many hurdles make ‘citizen veto’ hard to come by

Activists are attempting to repeal a trio of laws approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor this year. But pulling off a referendum, known colloquially as a “citizens’ veto,” isn’t easy.

Apr 14, 2017

Ducey signs bill requiring ‘strict compliance’ for citizen initiatives

Gov. Doug Ducey today signed a new law that even the head of his own Republican Party boasts would do pretty much what Democrat foes charged was the goal all along.

Mar 27, 2017

Voter initiatives must be error free under new GOP bill

Not content to make gathering signatures more difficult, Republican lawmakers are now moving to impose new procedural requirements on voters who want to propose their own laws.

Apr 3, 2015

Bill making it tougher to recall elected officials sent to governor

The House on April 1 gave final approval to HB2407, which demands strict compliance with constitutional and statutory requirements for referendum and recall efforts – or else a judge may toss out the voter-driven effort.

Sep 23, 2013

Election bill referendum will be held to higher standard

The referendum drive against an elections bill passed by the Legislature in June will have a tough standard to meet if it goes to court. Referendums in Arizona are subject to a judicial standard known as strict compliance, which requires absolute adherence to the letter of the law. Initiatives and recalls, on the other hand, […]