REFERENCE TITLE: primary election date
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
Second Regular Session
Representatives Gowan: Proud, Vogt
amending sections 16-201, 16-204 and 16-206, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to election dates.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 16-201, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
16-201. Primary elections
On the tenth first Tuesday after the first Monday in August prior to a general election or on the twelfth Tuesday prior to a special election at which candidates for public office are to be elected, a primary election shall be held.
Sec. 2. Section 16-204, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
16-204. Declaration of statewide concern; consolidated election dates
A. While the legislature recognizes that the method of conducting elections by political subdivisions, including charter counties and cities, may be a matter of local concern, the legislature finds and determines that for the purposes of increasing voter participation and for decreasing the costs to the taxpayers it is a matter of statewide concern that all elections in this state be conducted on a limited number of days and, therefore, the legislature finds and declares that the holding of all elections on certain specific consolidated days is a matter of statewide concern.
B. Notwithstanding any other law or any charter or ordinance of any county, city or town to the contrary, an election held for or on behalf of a county, city or town, a school district, a community college district or special districts organized pursuant to title 48, chapters 5, 6, 8, 10, 13 through 16 and 33 may only be held on the following dates:
1. Except for regular elections for candidates in a city or town with a population of one hundred seventy-five thousand or more persons, all elections, including recall elections and special elections to fill vacancies, shall be held on:
(a) The second Tuesday in March.
(b) The third Tuesday in May.
(c) The tenth first Tuesday before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November August.
(d) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Notwithstanding any other law, an election must be held on this date for the approval of an obligation or other authorization requiring or authorizing the assessment of secondary property taxes by a county, city, town, school district, community college district or special taxing district, except as provided by title 48.
2. For regular elections that are only for candidates in a city or town with a population of one hundred seventy-five thousand or more persons and not including recall elections and special elections to fill vacancies in those cities or towns, elections shall be held on:
(a) The tenth first Tuesday before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November August.
(b) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
C. For any city or town, including a charter city, that holds its regularly scheduled candidate elections in even-numbered years pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 2, the term of office for a member of the city council or for the office of mayor begins on or after the second Tuesday in January in the year following the election.
D. This section does not apply to an election regarding a county or city charter committee or county or city charter proposal that is conducted pursuant to article XIII, section 2 or 3 or article XII, section 5, Constitution of Arizona.
Sec. 3. Section 16-206, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
16-206. Election day
A. The biennial primary election day on the tenth first Tuesday before the general election after the first Monday in August and the biennial general election day on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of every even-numbered year are not legal holidays.
B. Every public officer or employee is entitled to absence from service or employment for the purpose of voting pursuant to section 16‑402 on the biennial primary and general election days.
Sec. 4. Emergency
This act is an emergency measure that is necessary to preserve the public peace, health or safety and is operative immediately as provided by law.