Proposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Initiative Relating to Direct Primary Election Law

Arizona Ballot Measure - Proposition 121

Election: Nov. 6, 2012 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Yes: 662366  (33.07%) Argument For
No: 1340286  (66.93%) Argument Against

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Summary

If approved by the voters, this Constitutional Amendment shall apply to all elections occurring after January 1, 2014, and shall supersede any existing state statutes, regulations, and elections procedures to the extent that they are inconsistent with this Constitutional Amendment. The Legislature, Secretary of State and local officials shall promptly make such changes in and additions to state statutes, regulations, and elections procedures as are necessary to fully implement the provisions of this Constitutional Amendment in time for the open primary election in 2014 and for every open primary and general election thereafter. Legislation, regulations, and elections procedures implementing this amendment must be consistent with and further the purpose of this amendment to permit and encourage all qualified voters in Arizona to vote in primary and general elections for the candidates of their choice, regardless of the political affiliation of voters and candidates.

Measure Text

Replaces the current party primary election with a "top-two" primary election in which all voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote in a single, combined primary and the top two vote-getters for each seat advance to the general election ballot.

A "yes" vote shall have the effect of replacing the current party primary election with a "top-two" primary election in which all voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote in a single, combined primary, and the top two vote-getters for each seat advance to the general election ballot. This "top-two" primary will not apply to the election of the U.S. President or to elections in which no party affiliation appears on the ballot.

A "no" vote shall have the effect of keeping the current party primary election in which each recognized political party selects a candidate to appear on the general election ballot.