Arizona legislators tend to be more interested in election law than legislators in most other states. The 2014 session contains these election law bills, all of which are somewhat innovative:
1. HCR 2011, a proposed state constitutional amendment, would let ballot-qualified parties choose to nominate by convention, instead of primary, if they wish. It is sponsored by Representative Carl Seel (R-Phoenix).
2. HCR 2012, another constitutional amendment, would alter legislative elections for the State House. Currently each district elects two members. The proposal would double the number of State House districts from 30 to 60, and provide that each district elect a single member. It is sponsored by Representatives Thomas Shope (R-Coolidge), Mark Cardenas (D-Phoenix), and Bruce Wheeler (D-Tucson).
3. HB 2364 would let any local government use ranked choice voting, and would also require that all vote-counting equipment be able to handle ranked choice voting. The sponsor is Representative Juan Mendez (D-Tempe).
4. HB 2344 would provide that candidates for U.S. Senate could be placed on the November ballot if the state legislature nominates them. The bill would not end the normal method for individuals to run for U.S. Senate, but would provide this new procedure. It has 7 sponsors.