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Arizona Revised Statutes Title 19. Initiative, Referendum and Recall § 19-101. Referendum petition;  circulators;  violation;  classification

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A. The following shall be the form for referring to the people by referendum petition a measure or item, section or part of a measure enacted by the legislature, or by the legislative body of an incorporated city, town or county:

Referendum Description

(Insert a description of not more than two hundred words of the

principal provisions of the measure sought to be referred.)

Notice:  This is only a description of the measure sought to be referred prepared by the sponsor of the measure.  It may not include every provision contained in the measure.  Before signing, make sure the title and text of the measure are attached.  You have the right to read or examine the title and text before signing.

Petition for Referendum

To the secretary of state (or to the corresponding officer for or on local, county, city or town measures):

We, the undersigned citizens and qualified electors of the state of Arizona, respectfully order that the senate (or house) bill No._____ (or other local, county, city or town measure) entitled (title of act or ordinance, and if the petition is against less than the whole act or ordinance then set forth here the item, section, or part, of any measure on which the referendum is used), passed by the _________________ session of the legislature of the state of Arizona, at the general (or special, as the case may be) session of said legislature, (or by a county, city or town legislative body) shall be referred to a vote of the qualified electors of the state, (county, city or town) for their approval or rejection at the next regular general election (or county, city or town election) and each for himself says:

I have personally signed this petition with my first and last names.  I have not signed any other petition for the same measure.  I am a qualified elector of the state of Arizona, county of (or city or town and county of, as the case may be) _____________.


It is a class 1 misdemeanor for any person to knowingly sign an initiative or referendum petition with a name other than his own, except in a circumstance where he signs for a person, in the presence of and at the specific request of such person, who is incapable of signing his own name because of physical infirmity, or to knowingly sign his name more than once for the same measure, or to knowingly sign such petition when he is not a qualified elector.”





City or


(first and
last name

address (street & no. and if no street address, describe residence location)

post office
& zip

(if any)


(Fifteen lines for signatures which shall be numbered)

The validity of signatures on this sheet must be sworn to by the circulator before a notary public on the form appearing on the back of the sheet.

Number ________________ 1

B. Each petition sheet shall have printed on the top of each sheet the following:

“It is unlawful to sign this petition before it has a serial number.”

C. Each petition sheet shall have printed in capital letters in not less than twelve point bold-faced type in the upper right-hand corner of the face of the petition sheet and below the statement prescribed in subsection B of this section the following:


 paid circulator”



D. A circulator of a referendum petition shall state whether the circulator is a paid circulator or volunteer by checking the appropriate line on the petition form before circulating the petition for signatures.

E. Signatures obtained on referendum petitions in violation of subsection D of this section are void and shall not be counted in determining the legal sufficiency of the petition.  The presence of signatures that are invalidated under this subsection on a petition does not invalidate other signatures on the petition that were obtained as prescribed by this section.

1  Section 19-121, subsec. A, par. 2 provides that every signature sheet shall have printed in its lower right hand corner, on each side of such sheet, the number assigned to the petition by the secretary of state.

Cite this article: - Arizona Revised Statutes Title 19. Initiative, Referendum and Recall § 19-101. Referendum petition;  circulators;  violation;  classification - last updated March 08, 2022 |

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