2004 Ballot Propositions
Arizona Secretary of State
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Secretary of State Janice K. Brewer
1700 West Washington Street, 7th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
The Secretary of State is an equal opportunity employer.
Welcome to the 2004 General Election Publicity Pamphlet. The Publicity Pamphlet is one of the most important tools that Arizonans use in deciding how to vote. There is a great deal of information here and it is my hope you will find it useful.
This pamphlet is divided into three parts: (1) general information about voting; (2) information about each proposition that will appear on the ballot, including the actual language of the measure followed by a description of what the measure does and arguments for and against the measure; and (3) the 2004 Voter Information Guide on the judges that will appear on the ballot.
If you are military or an overseas citizen, you may request an early ballot, receive voter registration materials, a Federal Post Card Application and ballot by mail or fax. For more information, please visit my Web site, www.azsos.gov, and click on the "Military and Overseas Voter" icon on the right side of the home page.
I encourage you to visit my Web site, www.azsos.gov, for more information about the 2004 General Election. Thanks to each of you for taking the time to study the issues and candidates on the ballot. And, more importantly, thank you for taking the time to make your voice heard by voting in this historic election.
At the time this pamphlet was printed, the verification of initiative petition signatures by the county recorders and court challenges were not yet complete. It is possible that not all of the propositions published in this pamphlet will be on the General Election ballot on November 2, 2004. Please review your ballot carefully before voting.
For information about propositions on the November ballot, visit the Secretary of State's Web site, www.azsos.gov, or call 1-877-THE VOTE (1-877-843-8683). Those measures that achieve ballot status will be listed on the Web site upon completion of the verification process and court proceedings.
The 2004 Publicity Pamphlet is available in alternate formats. Arizona residents who need information about the 2004 ballot propositions in another format should contact the Election Services Division of the Secretary of State's office at 602-542-8683, 1-877-THE VOTE (1-877-843-8683), 1-800-458-5842, or TDD 602-255-8683.
Arizona residents who need assistance with registering to vote should contact the appropriate county recorder at the number listed on page 8.
You may register to vote on-line through the EZ Voter Program by visiting the Secretary of State's Web site at www.azsos.gov.
You may also register to vote by mail. Forms are available at government offices and public locations throughout the state. Forms may be requested by calling the appropriate county recorder or by calling 1-877-THE VOTE (1-877-843-8683), TDD 602-255-8683 or by visiting the Secretary of State's Web site at www.azsos.gov
County election officials will accommodate special needs of voters who are physically unable to go to the polls or who need special access or special voting aids at polling places. Arizona residents who need assistance with voting should contact their county election department at the number listed on page 8.
The Secretary of State is pleased to announce you can now register to vote on-line through the EZ Voter Program. Visit the Secretary of State's Web site at www.azsos.gov to register. EZ Voter is a quick four-step process in English or Spanish that allows you to register in just a couple of minutes. You must have an Arizona driver's license or nonoperating identification license in order to use EZ Voter.
If you do not have an Arizona driver's license or nonoperating identification license, the Secretary of State's Web site also provides a voter registration form that can be filled out and printed on a home computer. Once signed, it can be mailed to the Secretary of State's office. You may also request a voter registration form by calling toll-free within Arizona at 1-877-THE VOTE (1-877-843-8683).
Voter registration forms are also available from the county recorder in each county, as well as at government offices and public locations throughout the state. Completed forms can be sent to the appropriate county recorder listed in this publication on page 8.
Registered voters can request an early ballot by telephone, mail or fax. Such requests must be received by your county recorder before 5 p.m. on October 22, 2004. A written request must include the voter's name and address as registered, date of birth, election for which the ballot is requested, address where the voter is temporarily residing (if applicable), and the signature of the voter. In some cases you may be able to request an early ballot on-line. Check with your county recorder, whose information can be found on page 8.
Ballots MUST be received by the county recorder, either by personal delivery or by mail, or may be dropped off at any polling place in the voter's county of residence no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.
New changes have made it easier for military and overseas personnel to participate in federal and Arizona elections. A special Web site at www.azsos.gov/election/military.htm has been set up to facilitate voter registration and early ballot requests for those military and overseas voters. While on-line you must fill out the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA), which serves as both the voter registration and early ballot request form. You can also request the FPCA from your voting assistance officer or by contacting your county recorder directly (see page 8). You can fax back the completed FPCA request, which will be processed by the appropriate county recorder. Once you have voted your early ballot, you can fax it directly to your county recorder for processing.
The Secretary of State's office is reaching out to corporate and community outreach networks to promote the need for poll workers on Election Day. This important civic responsibility is open to all registered voters in Arizona. Bilingual (Spanish or Native American) speaking poll workers are especially needed. Poll workers are paid for their time and effort. If you are interested, please call your county elections department and volunteer (see page 8).
The Secretary of State's office is encouraging corporations to participate in the "National Poll Worker Initiative" established by the federal Election Assistance Commission by allowing their employees to help on Election Day. If you are interested in supporting this very important initiative, please call your county elections department on page 8.
The 2004 Primary & General Election Candidate Statements Pamphlets are available from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission prior to the start of early voting.
A pamphlet is mailed to every household in Arizona that contains a registered voter. If you would like more information about the Candidate Statements Pamphlets, contact the Citizens Clean Elections Commission at: 602-364-3477; Toll-free number for other Arizona area codes: 1-877-631-8891; Web site address www.ccec.state.az.us; or visit their offices at 1616 West Adams, Suite 110, Phoenix, Arizona 85007.
Any voter may be accompanied into the voting booth and assisted in casting a ballot by a person of his or her choice except for a candidate, other than precinct committeeman, whose name appears on the ballot or by two (2) poll workers of different political parties. In addition, a voter may also be accompanied by a person under the age of 18 pursuant to Arizona's "Youth in the Booth" law. Sample ballots may be brought to the polling place and may be taken into the voting booth at the time of the election. Any qualified voter who is in the line of waiting voters at 7 p.m. on Election Day shall be allowed to prepare and cast a ballot.
Once you have voted a provisional ballot, your ballot will be placed in a provisional ballot envelope, which you can seal. The election official will ensure that the envelope is sealed. You will then be given a provisional ballot receipt with information on how to verify the status of your provisional ballot.
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