The Secretary of State's Office is pleased to introduce this Ballot Measure Argument Portal for the 2018 election cycle. The Portal is now the exclusive method for individuals, political committees, and organizations to submit arguments "for" and "against" various statewide initiatives, referenda, and legislative referrals that will appear in the Secretary of State's forthcoming publicity pamphlet. The publicity pamphlet will be mailed or emailed to each Arizona registered voter in October 2018.
To make argument submission easier than ever, online payment is now accepted and notarization is no longer required on a hard copy version of your argument.
On behalf of Secretary of State Michele Reagan, thank you for making your voice heard on these important measures.
Fee: The fee for submitting a ballot measure argument is $75.00.
Deadline: Your argument must be submitted, and online payment must be received by the Secretary of State's Office, by 11:59 P.M. (MST) on July 11, 2018.
Preferred Internet Browser: We recommend using Chrome, Safari, or another internet browser other than the most recent version of Internet Explorer (unless you run Internet Explorer in compatibility mode).
Ballot Measure Proposition Number: Because proposition numbers have not been assigned, you may use the format “Proposition XXX,” “Proposition ____,” “Prop XXX,” or “Prop ____” to refer to the initiative or referendum you are submitting a ballot argument “for” or “against.” The Secretary of State’s Office will replace the “XXX” or blank with the assigned proposition number, if the measure qualifies for the ballot.
Refund Disclaimer: The initiatives listed below are proposed initiative measures that have been issued a serial number by the Secretary of State's Office. However, most initiatives will not qualify for the ballot because (1) the sponsoring organization will not end up filing the initiative with the Secretary of State's Office by the July 5, 2018 deadline; or (2) a filed initiative may not have sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot after the Secretary of State and various County Recorders perform their statutory duties to review petition signatures in late July/early August. Moreover, an initiative, referendum, or legislative referral may be kept off the ballot due to a subsequent court challenge. However, state law requires all publicity pamphlet arguments (along with payment) to be submitted by July 11, 2018 notwithstanding the potential changes that could occur after you submit your argument.
The Secretary of State's Office will only print an argument in the publicity pamphlet if a measure will actually appear on the ballot, and the office will not be able to provide refunds (full or partial) for arguments that are ultimately never published. Accordingly, the Secretary of State's Office suggests you exercise discretion whether and when to submit an argument for a particular ballot measure.
Fields marked with an asterisk are required and must be completed prior to clicking Proceed to Payment.
Indicate if you are in support of the ballot measure ("for") or in opposition to the ballot measure ("against"). Please note, in the case of a referendum that begins with an "R," an argument "for" the referendum supports allowing the challenged law to go into effect, while an argument "against" the referendum constitutes an argument urging a citizen veto of the challenged law.
A ballot measure argument may not exceed 300 words. Assuming the measure qualifies for the ballot, your argument will appear in the publicity pamphlet exactly as entered and therefore please ensure proper spelling, capitalization, and grammar prior to submission. Please note, any special formatting will be removed prior to publication in the publicity pamphlet.
For questions: Please contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 602-542-8683 or [email protected].