List of Arizona ballot propositions

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The following is a partial list of Arizona ballot propositions.

The initiative and referendum process in Arizona has been in use since the beginning. The first initiative was passed the same year Arizona was granted statehood when on November 5, 1912, an initiative relating to women's suffrage was passed by a greater than two to one margin.[1] The initiative process has long been a staple of Arizona politics, with 15 proposals appearing in the 1914 election, and recently in 2006 when voters were presented with 19.

Prior to 1976, ballot propositions were not assigned a measure number. Since then, they have been identified by a 3-digit number. Ballot propositions beginning with "1" are initiatives and referendums to amend the state constitution, those beginning with "2" are initiatives to amend state statutes, and those beginning with "3" are referendums on acts to amend state statutes.


State Ballot Measures[edit]

Code Prop.
passed YES votes NO votes Type Description
HCR2032 125 Constitutional Legislative Referendum Related to Public Retirement Systems
C-05-2018 126 Constitutional Initiative Measure "The Protect Arizona Taxpayers Act"
C-04-2018 127 Constitutional Initiative Measure "Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona Amendment"
R-02-2018 305 Statutory Citizens' Referendum "Empowerment Scholarship Account voucher expansion"
HCR2007 306 Statutory Legislative Referendum Related to the Citizens Clean Elections Act


2000 to 2016[edit]


Special election[edit]

On May 17, 2016, a special statewide election was held to vote on Proposition 123 and Proposition 124.

  • Proposition 123 Increased education funding by $3.5 billion over 10 years
  • Proposition 124 Pension Retirement benefits of public employees

General elections[edit]













Special election[edit]

On May 18, 2010, a special statewide election will be held to vote on Proposition 100, to raise the state sales tax by 1%.

General elections[edit]


The following results are based on returns as of November 5, 2008, and represent 99.1% of all ballots counted. Vote tallies will be updated when the remainder of returns are available.

Shaded entries indicate citizen initiatives and referendums.


Shaded entries indicate citizen initiatives and referendums. Full text of each proposition is available here.


Shaded entries indicate citizen initiatives and referendums.


Shaded entries indicate citizen initiatives and referendums.


Shaded entries indicate citizen initiatives and referendums.





Shaded entries indicate citizen initiatives and referendums.



Shaded entries indicate citizen initiatives and referendums.



  • Proposition 106, establishing English as the official state language passes by a narrow 50.5 to 49.5 margin. Later overturned by the Arizona Supreme Court as unconstitutional in 1998.

The Arizona Constitution, Article XXVIII: Section 2. The official language of the state of Arizona is English. Section 3. A. Representatives of government in this state shall preserve, protect and enhance the role of English as the official language of the government of Arizona. Section 3. B. A person shall not be discriminated against or penalized in any way because the person uses or attempts to use English in public or private communication.

Section 4. Official actions shall be conducted in English.

Section 5. Rules of construction, clarifies that The constitution does not "prohibit" other communication. Section 1.notes the law does not apply to: (a) The teaching of or the encouragement of learning languages other than English. (b) Actions required under the federal individuals with disabilities education act or other federal laws. (c) Actions, documents or policies necessary for tourism, commerce or international trade. (d) Actions or documents that protect the public health and safety, including law enforcement and emergency services. (e) Actions that protect the rights of victims of crimes or criminal defendants. (f) Using terms of art or phrases from languages other than English. (g) Using or preserving Native American languages. (h) Providing assistance to hearing impaired or illiterate persons. (i) Informal and nonbinding translations or communications among or between representatives of government and other persons if this activity does not affect or impair supervision, management, conduct or execution of official actions and if the representatives of government make clear that these translations or communications are unofficial and are not binding on this state or a political subdivision of this state. (j) Actions necessary to preserve the right to petition for the redress of grievances. [1]


  • Proposition 200, providing for a state lottery passes by a narrow 51 to 49 margin. [2]


  • Proposition 104, changed the term of office for Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, and Superintendent of Public Instruction from two years to four effective with the terms beginning in January 1971.


  • Dual initiatives establishing Arizona as a Right-to-work state pass.


  • Initiative to abolish the death penalty passes. A similar initiative failed in 1914. Repealed by another initiative in 1918.


  • Constitutional amendment protecting citizen initiative from veto power as well as exempting them from repeal by the state legislature.


  • Initiative to grant universal suffrage to women passes by a 2 to 1 margin. Arizona's first ballot measure.


  1. ^ Archived 2007-02-09 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2008-11-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, 514 U.S. 779 (1995).

"Arizona Elections Results". Archived from the original on 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2007-03-01.