Update 12/11: Even though nearly 72% of Arizona voters said YES to Proposition 209 which limited interest on medical debt, a Maricopa County judge has signed a temporary restraining order preventing enforcement of all of the proposition’s provisions – at least for now.
Source: Arizona Republic

In Arizona this past November, ten measures were on the ballot, and seven of the propositions passed. Here are some of the big winners and the three measures that failed:


Proposition 211 – Bans “dark money” in campaigns. After being on the ballot in various versions for many years, this proposition was overwhelmingly approved by 72% of the voters.

Proposition 131 – Creates the office of Lieutenant Governor. Arizona joins 45 other states which have the “vice-governor” slot. 55% of voters were in favor of this measure.

Proposition 209 – Limits interest rates on medical debt to 3%. It also substantially increases the amount of exempt property a debtor may keep from creditors. Nearly 72% of voters approved this proposition.

Failed Measures:

Proposition 128 – Had it passed, this measure would have allowed the legislature to amend or repeal voter-approved ballot measures. 64% of voters rejected this proposition.

Proposition 309 – Would have required extra identification for mail-in and in-person voting. This proposition failed by a narrow margin of about 20,000 votes.

Proposition 310 – This measure would have created a new 0.1% sales tax to fund fire districts. 52% of voters said no.

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