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Arizona’s founding in 1912 corresponded with the height of the American progressive movement, so it is no surprise that mechanisms of direct democracy are incorporated directly into the state constitution. Among the most prominent of these progressive-era relics is the initiative process, which was made to enable voters to enact direct change in the form of statute enactment and alteration and constitutional amendment.
While it has often been used productively, the current system has several shortcomings, including the construction of the signature collection and verification process, as well as the system’s vulnerability to out-of-state interests. But there are a wide variety of proposed solutions.
In this paper, the Arizona Junior Fellows explore the Arizona initiative process, its benefits, its flaws, possible reforms, and its intricacies.
A project of the Arizona Chamber Foundation.