Require Partisan Primaries

Key Facts

Type Legislatively referred constitutional amendment (LRCA)

Summary

This amendment to Arizona’s constitution would require political parties to nominate candidates through partisan primary elections prior to the general election [1]. This codifies the existing practice in Arizona to the state’s constitution, making it more difficult to make future changes without a constitutional amendment. Furthermore, this amendment will still allow unaffiliated independent voters to vote in a primary election, just as they can in Arizona right now [2]. The constitutional amendment would also ensure that Arizona’s statewide direct primary election law supersedes conflicting local laws, charters, ordinances, and rules on primaries. Proponents of the amendment also champion that it could prevent the state from ranked-choice voting unless the provision was repealed [3].

Stances

In Favor

Jake Hoffman, Arizona State Senator; Anthony Kern, Arizona State Senator; Janae Shamp, Arizona State Senator; Justine Wadsack, Arizona State Senator; Joseph Chaplik, Arizona State Representative; Justin Heap, Arizona State Representative; Laurin Hendrix, Arizona State Representative; Rachel Jones,  Arizona State Representative; Alexander Kolodin, Arizona State Representative; Cory McGarr, Arizona State Representative; Steve Montenegro, Arizona State Representative; Jacqueline Parker, Arizona State Representative; Barbara Parker,  Arizona State Representative; Austin Smith, Arizona State Representative; Arizona Free Enterprise Club; Heritage Action for America

Against

Priya Sundareshan, Arizona State Representative; Represent.Us

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 AZ Legislature | House Concurrent Resolution 2033
3 AZ Legislature | House Municipal Oversight & Elections Committee