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Submitting Arguments For or Against a Ballot Measure (A.R.S. §19-124)
All Ballot Measure Arguments must be received at the Secretary of State's Office in Phoenix, at the address listed below no later than Friday, July 11, 20081 at 5 p.m.:
Secretary of State
Election Services
1700 W. Washington Street, 7th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Fee for Submitting an Argument
The fee for submitting an argument for or against a ballot measure is $100.00. The cost is reduced to $75.00 if the argument is submitted electronically (on floppy disk or CD) along with the original paper copy. The Secretary of State recommends that every argument be submitted in electronic format to ensure accuracy during publication.

Filing Guidelines for Ballot Measure Arguments
Before filing the Argument, please make sure:

  • The argument is 300 words or less. It cannot be accepted if it is longer than 300 words.
  • The argument is written exactly how the filer wants it to appear in the pamphlet. The argument will be entered into the pamphlet verbatim; no grammatical or textual changes will be made to the document.
  • If the filer wants the prop number to appear in the argument they need to include, PROP XXX or PROP ___ in the argument text. This will be counted in the word count. The proposition number will be added into the text once they have been assigned. We will not replace text or add it in though.
  • The argument contains the original signature (no faxed signatures) of each person sponsoring it.*  Each signature appearing with the argument must be notarized. 1

a) For arguments filed and paid for by an individual or individuals, the notarized signature of each individual is required.
b) For arguments sponsored by an organization or corporation (not a Political Committee), it must be signed by at least two executive officers, and must be identified by group name.
c) For arguments sponsored by a Political Committee, it must be signed by the committee’s chairman OR treasurer, and must be identified by committee name.

* Payment of the deposit or reimbursement of the payer constitutes sponsorship of the argument.

  • The argument includes the name, address or PO Box, city, and telephone number of the person(s) signing (only the name and city of the person(s) signing will appear in the Publicity Pamphlet). Any person(s) may sign an argument that is paid for by a separate entity, but must follow the same guidelines as the sponsor. Also, the group sponsoring the initiative may file an argument on behalf of the proposition. For more information, contact the Election Services Division at the number listed above.

1 In 2008, the Arizona Legislature adjusted the length of time to file arguments and required notarization of all required signatures in Ariz. Sess. Laws 2008, Ch. 244 (HB2288). This law must be precleared by the U.S. Department of Justice in accordance with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.