Government at all levels should be of the people, by the people and for the people. But increasingly, we see our elected officials take advantage of their positions while eroding the power of our citizens. They follow their own rules: do as I say, not as I do.
Arizona has a rich history of positive change being driven by its people through ballot measures. For over 100 years, we’ve enjoyed the right to check the Legislature by passing common-sense initiatives. Ballot measures won women the right to vote in Arizona in 1912. They’re how we raised minimum wages, and banned smoking in bars and restaurants.
Ballot measures are vital to maintaining the power of the people in areas where government fails to act.
But our Republican-led government, supported by special interests and championed by JD Mesnard, is chipping away at our ability to pass these initiatives by imposing unreasonable restrictions on the process—including the font size of a petition!
They say it’s to prevent fraud. But there’s no real evidence that fraud has occurred—and they are not applying the same rigorous standards to candidate committees. It’s a thinly veiled attempt to take away Arizonans’ democratic rights and consolidate power for the few.
That’s why I’ll work with state leaders—inside and outside government, of both parties—to protect our ballot initiative process while ensuring its integrity.