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| Ray Stern | The Arizona Republic |

Election reform advocates launched a drive to put a ranked choice voting and open primary system on the 2024 ballot, which could end up crowded with two other measures addressing similar subjects.

Favorable numbers

The initiative by Better Ballot Arizona, the political sister group to Voter Choice Arizona, an educational organization operating in Arizona since 2020, would open primary elections to independent voters and go to a ranking system in the general election, said Kazz Fernandes, the group’s executive director.

Fernandes said polling shows “favorable numbers” indicating now is the time to try a ballot measure. The group hopes to gather 500,000 voter signatures by the July 3, 2024, deadline, which would give them plenty of room to spare over the minimum of 383,923 valid signatures required.

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