A guide to propositions on the 2022 Arizona midterm ballot
Arizona voters will decide on 10 ballot measures during the 2022 midterm election. Here's a guide to each proposition, including what your vote means, arguments for and against, as well as analysis of the measure.
Constitutional amendment — Voter protection act; court determinations.
Official description: The constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to amend, divert funds from, or supersede an initiative or referendum measure enacted by the people of Arizona if the measure is found to contain illegal or unconstitutional language by the Arizona or United States Supreme Court.
Constitutional amendment — Initiatives; single subject; title.
Official description: The constitutional amendment would limit an initiative measure to a single subject and require that subject to be expressed in the title of the initiative measure.
Constitutional amendment — Constitutional property tax exemptions.
Official description: Descriptive title the constitutional amendment would consolidate four sections of the Constitution regarding property tax exemptions into a single section; remove the constitutional determinations of the amounts of certain property tax exemptions; and allow property tax exemptions for resident veterans with disabilities, widows and widowers regardless of when they became Arizona residents.
Constitutional amendment — Lieutenant governor; joint ticket.
Official description: Descriptive title the constitutional amendment would create a new executive officer who would be elected on a joint ticket with the governor and succeed to the office of governor in the event of the governor’s death, removal from office, or disability to discharge the duties of the office.
Constitutional amendment — Initiatives; supermajority vote; requirement.
Official description: The constitutional amendment would require that an initiative or referendum to approve a tax receives 60% of the votes cast to become law.
Citizen initiative — Predatory Debt Collection Protection Act.
Official description: The law would reduce maximum interest rates on medical debt from 10% to 3% annually; increase the amount of certain assets exempt from debt collection; annually adjust exemptions for inflation beginning 2024; and allow courts to reduce the amount of disposable earnings garnished in cases of extreme economic hardship.
Citizen initiative — Voters' Right to Know Act.
Official description: The law would require entities and persons spending over $50,000 on statewide campaigns or $25,000 on other campaigns, not including personal monies and business income, to disclose the original donor of contributions over $5,000; and create additional reporting and enforcement provisions.
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Legislative referral — Tuition; postsecondary education.
Official description: The law would allow Arizona students, regardless of immigration status, to be eligible for financial aid at state universities and community colleges and in-state tuition if they graduated from and attended a public or private high school, or home school equivalent, for two years in Arizona.
Legislative referral — Voter identification; affidavit; procedure.
Official description: The law would require voters to write their birthdate, government-issued identification number, and signature on a concealed early ballot affidavit; require photo identification to vote in-person; and require the Arizona Department of Transportation to provide without charge a non-operating identification license to individuals who request one for voting purposes.
Legislative referral — Fire districts; funding; TPT increment.
Official description: The law would establish a fire district safety fund to be funded via an increase of one-tenth of 1% to the state’s transaction privilege (sales) and use tax from Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2042.