Why You Should Sign All the Petitions

Have you seen volunteers carrying the six referendum petitions and the one initiative petition? All seven of these petitions are nonpartisan.

Many thanks to the Democrats of Oro Valley for compiling this detailed information.

If the new bills that they target go into law, all Arizona citizens will be adversely affected:

  • AZ will lose almost $2 billion annually
  • Sales taxes are raised to plug the shortfall
  • Services may be cut by local governments and school boards
  • Legal voters will be purged from the early voter list and don’t receive their mail-in ballots
  • County election officials can’t use grant money to cover election shortfalls
  • An identifier is placed on your ballot
  • The senate determines what elections are fair and which elections are to be scrutinized
  • Outside big pockets continue to buy candidates and hide behind third parties
You can sign petitions at the Oro Valley library on 
Wednesday, August 25th, from 10 to noon
Friday, August 27th, from 10 to noon
Carolyn & Gary are hosting a cool AC petition signing event in Sun City, Oro Valley, 13678 N Lobelia Wy
Friday, August 20th, from 10 am to 4 pm
You can sign the petitions at the Oro Valley Aquatic Club & Park on Saturday, August 21st, from 10 to noonish, and at the Oro Valley Community Center on Tuesday, August 24th from 4 to 5:30 pm.

Literacy Connects, The Arizona Ground Game, and the League of Women Voters, which are all non-partisan organizations, and individual citizens are working to put these six referendums and one initiative on the 2022 ballot so that the voters can decide.

Click here for an easy-to-read summary of each petition.

Click here to find the locations where petitions are available to sign.

A referendum

is a petition seeking to refer a recently passed law back to the voters. The Arizona Constitution gives the power to the people to refer an act of the legislature to the ballot and allow the voters to decide on the bill themselves. We have until September 28th (90 days after the Legislature adjourned) to collect a minimum of 118,823 valid signatures for each petition to refer the referendum bills to the ballot in 2022.

Click on the first link to see the official language summary of each and the second link to read the full text of the petition.

SB1819 official summary
SB1819 application and full text

What would SB1819 do if it became law?
SB1819 includes voter database changes, ballot paper regulations, voter registration, and decreases the Secretary of State’s oversight. It allows the State Attorney General to intervene at any state of a proceeding. It establishes the Special Committee on the Election Audit consisting of the members of the Senate Government Committee. It requires ballots to include at least three fraud countermeasures (watermarked, holographic, logo; optically variable inks, codes, etc.). It appropriates $12,000,000 from the state general fund in 2022 to the Election Integrity Fund and exempts the appropriation from lapsing.

HB2569 official summary
HB2569 application and full text

What would HB2569 do if it became law?
It prevents election officials from receiving private grants to help them run elections or register voters even if the legislature doesn’t provide adequate funding. It forbids any grant, like the ones used to get more drop boxes and other election resources to AZ Native American Reservations and to put in place safety measures during the 2020 election. AZ Gov. Doug Ducey said the money the state received last year was helpful and used with “integrity” but signed HB2569 into law anyway.

SB1485 official summary
SB1485 application and full text

What would SB1485 do if it becomes law?
Known as the PEVL purge it does away with the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL)and turns it into the Active Early Voting List (AEVL). This is a very confusing law that will cancel citizens’ early voting rights if they vote on election day or exercise their freedom not to vote. Approximately 126,686 Arizonans who voted in 2020 would have been blocked from voting early if this bill passed in 2019. 80% of AZ registered voters are on the PEVL.

SB1827 official summary
SB1827 application and full text
What would SB1827 do if it became law?
It establishes a Flat Tax and revamps our tax system, replacing the current five graduated tax brackets with a 2.5% Flat Tax. This measure permanently reduces the General Fund by $1.9 billion annually.

SB1828 official summary
SB1828 application and full text

What would SB1828 do if it becomes law?
It would impose a 4.5% cap on all income taxes paid, including the Arizona voter approved Prop 208 surcharge. This shields the wealthiest taxpayers from any tax increase with Prop 208. They will still pay the Prop 208 tax on their highest taxable income but pay only 1.0% income taxes on those earnings to the General Fund, while everyone else pays 2.5%. This measure permanently reduces the General Fund by $489 million annually.

SB1783 official summary
SB1783 application and full text

What would SB1783 do if it becomes law?
It would create Special Tax Categories for the wealthiest. Wealthy taxpayers can recategorize some types of income, exempting those from Prop 208. These are pass-through business profits and any income earned from estates or trusts (investment or rental income, for example). This measure permanently reduces the Prop. 208 Education Fund by $300 million annually.

An initiative

is a petition that seeks to initiate a new law. 237,646 valid signatures are needed by 7/22/2022 (next year) to put the initiative on the 2022 ballot.

Voters’ Right to Know Act official summary
Voters’ Right to Know Act application and full text

What would happen if the Voters’ Right to Know Act becomes law?
Although ordinary citizens’ contributions to a candidate’s campaign are capped and their names and addresses must be disclosed publicly, big spenders can hide their contributions. This initiative would require all major contributors to identify themselves if they invest more than $5,000 in support of a campaign or a candidate. Arizonans overwhelmingly support ending Dark Money spending. Recent polls have shown the initiative to be 80-85% favorable in Arizona, with broad support from Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters.

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