Fifty-fifth Legislature

First Regular Session

House: GE DPA 13-0-0-0 | 3rd Read 57-0-3-0
Senate: GOV DPA 7-0-1-0 | 3rd Read 29-0-1-0
Final Read: 60-0-0-0

HB 2181: write-ins; residency; filing deadline

Sponsor:  Representative Kavanagh, LD 23

Transmitted to the Governor


Requires a person who wants to be a write-in election candidate to be a qualified elector and resident of the designated area they want to represent for 120 days before the election.


Current statute requires a person desiring to become a write-in candidate for an elective office in any election to file a nomination paper that is signed by the candidate and gives certain identifying information for the candidate.  The write-in candidate must file the nomination paper no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 40th day before the election.  A candidate running as a write-in candidate to fill a vacancy or for an election that may be canceled, must file their nomination paper no later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifth and 76th day before the election, respectively.

A person that does not file a timely nomination paper cannot be counted in the tally of ballots and the filing officer cannot accept the nomination paper of a candidate for state or local office unless the candidate provides or has provided the financial disclosure statement for that office (A.R.S. § 16-312).


1.   ☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteStipulates that a write-in candidate must be a qualified elector of the county or district the person proposes to represent and a resident of the designated area for 120 days before the date of the election. (Sec. 1)

2.   Maintains the one-year residency requirement for candidates for a city or town elective office. (Sec. 1)

3.   Authorizes tallying of the early ballots to begin immediately after the envelope and completed affidavit are processed and delivered to the early election board. (Sec. 2)

4.   Makes a technical change. (Sec. 1)



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