Posted by Austin Plier on March 25, 2015A bill in the Arizona Senate would require a greater number of signatures for third party candidates seeking to have their name on the state-wide ballot. House Bill 2608 expands the pool of voters from which candidates may gather signatures, while also increasing signature requirements to include a minimum that reflects this expanded pool of voters. The bill would leave third party candidates needing more signatures relative to the size of their party compared to Republican and Democratic candidates.
Many see the legislation as an attempt by Republican candidates to keep Libertarian candidates off of the ballot who might siphon away voters who might otherwise support Republicans. A better solution would be to adopt ranked choice voting, which would allow Arizona to keep greater choice on the ballot, while avoiding outcomes that are impacted by vote-splitting.