On February 25, the Arizona House of Representatives passed HB 2608. It makes it far more difficult for a member of a small qualified party to get on his or her own party’s primary ballot. Existing law makes the number of signatures 1% of a party’s registration. The bill converts that to one-fourth of 1% of all the registered voters for statewide office, and one-half of 1% for U.S. House and legislature.
It is irrational to raise the number of signatures for primary ballot access, since no minor party primary ballot in Arizona has ever been crowded. It is extraordinarily rare for a minor party primary ballot in Arizona to have more than a single candidate listed.
The bill passed on a party line vote. Every Republican who voted on the bill voted “yes”. Every Democrat who voted on the bill voted “No.” Currently the only two ballot-qualified parties in Arizona, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, are the Libertarian and Green Party.