An initiative is the method by which Arizona’s voters can propose new laws, amend existing laws, or propose constitutional amendments by collecting signatures from qualified voters to have the measure placed on the ballot. Arizona’s Constitution requires a county to place an initiative on the ballot if enough valid signatures are submitted.
The Willcox Groundwater Basin Active Management Area proposal will appear on the ballot as Proposition 420 and the Douglas Groundwater Basin Active Management Area proposal will appear on the ballot as Proposition 422. Voters will answer the question of whether or not they want a basin designated as an Active Management Area. These measures will only be on the ballot for voters residing within those basins. Voters living within those basins will receive a Publicity Pamphlet with information specific to the applicable proposition on the week of October 3.
The Cochise County Board of Supervisors notified the Graham County Board of Supervisors of this call for election as the Willcox Basin is located in both counties and will appear on the General Election ballot for voters residing within the basin in both counties. Graham County called the election later this same day.
As defined by the Arizona Department of Water Resources, “Active Management Areas, or AMAs, are areas within the state that are subject to certain statutory and administrative regulations regarding the withdrawal and use of groundwater.” For more information on Active Management Areas, visit https://new.azwater.gov/ama or call (602) 771-8500.
For more information with a map of each of the proposed basins visit www.cochise.az.gov/elections under the Initiative section on the homepage or contact the Director of Elections at 520-432-8975.