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Keep the AZ legislature in check!

We have tools at our disposal to fight the voter suppression and depletion of public education funding that was passed in the 2021 state legislative session. PCDP has petitions available to sign and circulate to refer legislation to the ballot and to propose new legislation. Make your mark!

Definitions

Initiative

A process of collecting and verifying signatures that allows citizens to propose a new statute or constitutional amendment

Voters say “Hey we have an idea, let’s vote on THIS.”

Referendum

A process of collecting and verifying signatures that allows citizens to refer a law that passed the legislature to the ballot for voters to decide whether to uphold or repeal the law; this process is available in 26 states, including Arizona.

Voters say “We’re not sure we like what you just passed Legislature. We want to vote on it!”

Petition

The physical, legal document used when collecting signatures for initiatives and referenda.

The paper on the clipboard. (Turns into boxes of papers!)

Circulator

An individual who gathers signatures for a candidate, ballot initiative, or citizens’ referendum. Qualifications vary depending on the purpose of gathering signatures. Some petitions may require the circulator to “check in/out” when they pick up their materials.

The person holding the clipboard.

Elections

This year, the Arizona legislature produced some truly horrific bills that threaten the integrity of our democracy. At PCDP we have all the current initiatives and referenda related to elections that still require signatures; these petitions cannot be signed online. Depending on the availability of these petitions, you may be able to circulate them yourself by signing them out from our front desk.

Sign At HQ

Please call the front desk (520) 326-3716 to let them know when you will be coming in if 1) you would like to sign a petition, 2) you would like to circulate a petition, or 3) you would like to distribute a petition to be circulated by others.

Let Someone Bring A Petition To You

sponsored by Indivisible and Strong in coordination with Arizona Deserves Better

Initiatives (signatures due 7/22/22)

Voters Right to Know

This initiative would eliminate Dark Money barricades in state and local elections.

  • Requires 237,646 valid signatures
  • Available at PCDP to be signed and/or circulated

Pima County Justice for All

This initiative would give all Pima County, Arizona residents facing deportation in immigration court the right to a public attorney when they are unable to afford their own representation.

  • Requires 90,000 valid signatures
  • Available at PCDP to be signed and/or circulated
  • Yard signs available

Referenda (signatures due 9/28/21)

SB1828
Sec 13 & 15

Without a referendum, this bill will shrink the current five tax brackets in Arizona to two.

  • Requires 118,823 valid signatures
  • Available at PCDP to be signed and/or circulated

SB1827 Sec 4

Without a referendum, this bill will cap the taxpayer’s total tax rate at 4.5%.

  • Requires 118,823 valid signatures
  • Available at PCDP to be signed and/or circulated

SB1783

Without a referendum, this bill will allow wealthy individuals to file their state taxes as small businesses, thereby avoiding the extra tax enacted by Prop 208.

  • Requires 118,823 valid signatures
  • Available at PCDP to be signed and/or circulated

Organized by
Invest in Arizona
(formerly Invest in Ed)

SB1485

Without a referendum, this bill will substantially change the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) by purging it periodically based on the frequency of voters who vote by mail.

  • Requires 118,823 valid signatures
  • Available at PCDP to be signed and/or circulated

SB2569

Without a referendum, this bill will stop election officials from receiving private grants to help them run elections or register voters. This will disproportionately affect voters in rural areas who depend on these systems.

  • Requires 118,823 valid signatures
  • Available at PCDP to be signed and/or circulated

Organized by
Arizona Deserves Better

SB1819

This bill promotes a list of ten ballot fraud countermeasures, including bar and QR codes; those codes could violate the ballot secrecy guarantee of the Arizona Constitution. Additionally, it gives an outside group access to the voter registration database, limits Secretary of State’s authority to defend state election laws and gives authority to the Attorney General. Some limits only apply during the term of the current Secretary of State. It also requires Game and Fish to assist with voter registration. Spends $500,000 to investigate social media. Requires detailed monitoring of county voter registration efforts. Signing this petition will help put parts of SB1819 on the 2022 ballot.

  • Requires 118,823 valid signatures
  • Available at PCDP to be signed and/or circulated

Candidate Petitions

Political candidates who have filed to run for office must collect a certain number of valid signatures in order to be put on the ballot; the exact number of signatures depends on the office position. Candidate petitions do not need to be notarized or checked out to be circulated.

The following Democratic candidates have made petitions available at our Headquarters. There are more candidates running for office than are listed below, these are just the ones who have distributed their petitions. If you would like PCDP to host your candidate’s nomination petitions, please contact our Director.

Kirsten Engel

US Senate CD2 

Kathy Hoffman

AZ Superintendent
of Public Instruction

Kevin Dahl

City of Tucson Council Ward 3

Sandra Kennedy

AZ Corporation
Commission

Notary Services

All initiative and referendum signatures must be notarized. PCDP offers free notary services on the following dates and times:

Petition Signing Events

Saturday, July 24th 3-5pm

Saturday, July 31st 9-11am

Thursday, August 5th 5-7pm

Saturday, August 14th 9-11am

During Office Hours

Monday, July 26th 12-2pm

Tuesday, July 27th 12-4pm

Wednesday, July 28th 2-4pm

Thursday, July 29th 10am-2pm

Monday, August 2nd 12-2pm

Tuesday, August 3rd 12-2pm

Thursday, August 5th 10-2pm

Are you a notary? Pima County Dems are looking for volunteers to notarize petitions at the office. Contact director@pimadems.org for more information!

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