ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Fifty-sixth Legislature

Second Regular Session

Senate: ELEC DP 7-0-1-0 | 3rd Read: 29-0-1-0

House: MOE DPA 9-0-0-0


SB 1285: local candidates; petitions; electronic signatures

Sponsor: Senator Hoffman, LD 15

House Engrossed

Overview

An emergency measure that clarifies certain provisions of Laws 2024, Chapter 1. 

History

Laws 2024, Chapter 1

Laws 2024, Chapter 1, an emergency measure which became effective on February 9th, 2024, contains provisions related to primary, general and special election procedures and deadlines, automatic recounts and signature verification standards. Notably, this law changed the 2024 primary election date from August 6, 2024, to July 30, 2024. 

E-Qual & Nomination Petitions

Statute requires candidates to submit a minimum number of nomination petition signatures to the appropriate filing officer at least 120 days before the election. A candidate for county precinct committeeman, for instance, must obtain a minimum of 2% of the party registration in their precinct, or 10 signatures, whichever is less (A.R.S. §§ 16-314, 16-322).

Laws 2014, Chapter 45 directed the Secretary of State to establish a system to allow voters to sign nomination petitions for statewide and legislative candidates through a secure online portal. The Secretary of State subsequently implemented the E-Qual system. In 2016, the legislature passed a law that expanded, beginning in 2017, the use of E-Qual to allow candidates for local offices to collect up to the minimum number of required nomination petition signatures through the secure internet portal (A.R.S. § 16-317).

Provisions

E-Qual Signatures, Local Initiative Petitions & Statements of Interest

1.   ☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☒ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteLimits, through 2024, the total number of nomination petition signatures a candidate for local office may obtain through the online signature collection system to the minimum number of required signatures.

2.   Specifies, beginning in 2025, a candidate for local office may obtain through the online signature collection system up to 110% of the minimum number of required nomination petition signatures.

3.   Clarifies that electronic nomination petition signatures lawfully collected before, on or after February 9, 2024, or before, on or after the effective date of this act that used a petition form that includes the former primary election date may lawfully submit those signatures for the July 30, 2024, primary election.

4.   Prohibits the filing officer from rejecting petitions or signatures, including petitions and signatures submitted through the electronic signature collection system and municipal or county initiative petitions circulated before, on or after February 9, 2024, or the effective date of this act, based solely on the date of the primary election.

5.   Clarifies that a person is not required to file a new or amended statement of interest based solely on the change in the 2024 primary election date.

City and Town Clerk's Offices

6.   Clarifies, for primary, general or special elections that include a federal office, any city or town clerk's offices that have an agreement with the county to be used as locations at which a voter may submit proof of identification must be open during regular business hours during the Friday and weekend before and the Friday and weekend after the election to allow for curing signatures.

7.   Clarifies that regular business hours include, at a minimum, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Conditional Provisional Ballots

8.   Requires a voter to provide proof of identification to the County Recorder or officer in charge of elections to cure a conditional provisional ballot no later than the fifth business day after primary, general or special elections that include a federal office or the third business day for all other elections.

Miscellaneous Provisions

9.   Clarifies that any election item that was duly called by a city, town or county for the August 6, 2024, primary election date must be placed on the ballot for the newly designated primary election date of July 30, 2024.

10.  Contains an emergency clause. 

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