ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Fifty-sixth Legislature

Second Regular Session

Senate: ED DP 4-3-0-0 | 3rd Read: 16-10-4-0

House: MOE DP 5-4-0-0 | 3rd Read: 31-28-0-0-1


SB 1097: school districts; partisan elections

Sponsor: Senator Wadsack, LD 17

Vetoed

Overview

Makes school district governing board elections partisan beginning in 2025.

History

Statute prohibits partisan local elections, including city and town elections, school district elections and special district elections. These political subdivisions cannot include any indication on the ballot of the source of the candidacy or of the support of the candidate, such as signifying any political party affiliation (A.R.S. §§ 16-226, 15-422, 9-821.01)

Provisions

1.   ☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteRequires each school district governing board candidate's partisan designation to be included on the ballot. (Sec. 1, 2)

2.   Defines partisan designation as the political party of which the candidate is a qualified elector 120 days before the primary election for the election cycle in which the individual is a candidate. (Sec. 1)

3.   Contains an applicability clause specifying this act applies to school district governing board elections held on or after January 1, 2025. (Sec. 3)

4.   Makes technical and conforming changes. (Sec. 2)

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