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HB 2134: municipal elections; write-in candidates

PRIME SPONSOR: Representative Cobb, LD 5

BILL STATUS: Caucus & COW

                                ELECT: DP 6-4-0-0

 

Overview

Prohibits a city write-in candidate from advancing to the runoff or general election unless they receive at least the number of votes required in statute.

 

History

For a candidate running for mayor or other office nominated by a city at large, the least number of signatures on a nominating petition must equal five percent and not more than ten percent of the designated party vote in the city, except a city that chooses to hold nonpartisan elections may provide, by ordinance, that the minimum number of signatures required for the nomination petition be one thousand signatures or five percent of the vote in the city, whichever is less, but not more than ten percent of the vote in the city. The least number of signatures on a nominating petition for every other office is described in statute (A.R.S. § 16-322). In current statute, for any person desiring to become a write in candidate for an elective office in any election must file the nomination paper at the prescribed dates in statute (A.R.S. § 16-312).

Provisions

1.       Stipulates that a write in candidate in municipal elections may only advance to the general election if the write-in candidate received the number of votes equivalent to at least the same number of signatures required by statute for nominating petitions of the same office. (Sec. 1)

2.       Specifies that a write-in candidate for a nonpartisan office shall not be issued a certificate of election if the write-in candidate did not receive the number of votes equivalent to at least the same number of signatures required by statute for nominating petitions of the same office. (Sec. 2)

3.       Makes technical changes. (Sec. 1, 2)

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7.       Fifty-fourth Legislature                       HB 2134

8.       First Regular Session                            Version 2: Caucus & COW

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