PHOENIX – In advance of the July 11, 2018 filing deadline for initiative and referendum petitions, Secretary of State Michele Reagan has announced statements of support or opposition to this year’s ballot measures will be accepted beginning Tuesday, June 5 at 8:00 a.m. at http://go.azsos.gov/ballotarguments. By statute, the deadline to submit an argument is no later than forty-eight days preceding the primary election.
Pro/con arguments will be printed in the publicity pamphlet in the order in which they are electronically received. The Secretary of State's Office will only print an argument in the publicity pamphlet if a measure will actually appear on the ballot, and the office will not be able to provide refunds (full or partial) for arguments that are ultimately never published. Accordingly, the Secretary of State's Office urges discretion whether and when to submit an argument for a particular ballot measure.
“I would urge people who plan to file an argument to familiarize themselves with our unique filing system,” said Secretary Reagan. “The cut-off date to file an argument is July 11th, less than a week after the filing deadline, so those who are interested must act quickly.”
The argument must be 300 words or less and should be written exactly how the filer wants it to appear in the publicity pamphlet, as it will be reproduced verbatim. Unlike previous years, no notarization is required by law. The $75.00 fee will collected through the online portal at the time of its submission.