Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Last week the Arizona Legislative Council met to approve ballot measure analyses. You can find the language approved by the Legislative Council for each ballot measure here. http://azleg.gov/BallotMeasureAnalyses.asp.
The deadline to submit ballot measure arguments is Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Gusielines for submitting arguments for or against ballot measures are found at A.R.S. §19-124.
The Arizona Secretary of State Guidelines are here. http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/general/pubpam_submit_arguments.pdf.
Arguments are limited to 300 words. (Proof it for a word count first). Arguments require the notarized original signature of an individual, or the notarized original signatures of two executive officers of an organization (no faxed signatures). See the Guidelines above for more details.
There is a fee to submit 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 CD or by email – Word documents only – no PDFs) along with the original paper copy. The Secretary of State recommends that every argument be submitted in electronic format to ensure accuracy during publication. Only check, cash, or money order will be acceptable methods of payment. Please make check or money order payable to "Arizona Secretary of State."
Here is the list of ballot measures:
Proposition 114 - crime victims; protection from liability
Proposition 115 - judicial selection; procedure
Proposition 116 - personal property tax exemption amount
Proposition 117 - property tax assessed valuation; limitation
Proposition 118 - permanent state land fund; distribution
Proposition 119 - military preservation; land exchanges
Proposition 120 - state sovereignty
Proposition ___ - open elections/open government act (initiative, signatures need to be verified)
Proposition ___ - checks and balances in government (initiative, signatures need to be verified)
Proposition ___ - quality education and jobs act (Initiative, legal challenge in court)
The deadline for submission occurs before the Arizona Democratic Party State Committee meeting in Payson on July 21, 2012. I would encourage the County Chairs/Executive Committees and the legislative leadership of the Democratic Caucus in the Arizona Legislature to get together and to take a position on the ballot measures of critical importance to the Arizona Democratic Party, and to submit an argument for or against each such ballot measure.
For those of you who want to submit your own argument(s), Blog for Arizona has addressed these ballot measures in previous posts. Check the "Ballot Referendas and Initiatives" tag for previous posts.