Ducey certifies voter support of Tempe charter amendments

Governor Doug Ducey has certified the final, canvassed results of the March 13 Tempe General/Special Election, which included two propositions amending the City Charter that were passed by voters.

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The city requested the Governor’s certification of the Charter amendments. According to the Arizona Constitution, cities governed by a Charter are able to regulate issues of local concern. Arizona courts specifically have recognized the authority of Charter cities to regulate matters such as local elections and the disposal of real estate. The Arizona Constitution also provides that the Governor must certify the results of local Charter amendments.

“Our thanks to Governor Ducey for honoring the clear will of Tempe voters as expressed through our Charter amendments,” said Mayor Mark Mitchell, adding that residents in Charter cities can directly shape how various functions are carried out, including elections, land use, taxation and more. “These two amendments will have big impacts on Tempe and it’s entirely fitting that those decisions were in our own residents’ hands.”

Proposition 402, which amends the City Charter to declare Tempe’s 300-acre portion of Papago Park as a preserve, passed with 87 percent voter approval.

Proposition 403, which amends the City Charter to require the disclosure of the origins of major contributions used to influence local elections, passed with 91 percent voter approval.

In 2016, with 88 percent approval, Tempe voters passed a City Charter amendment to lower campaign contribution limits for Mayor and City Council candidates. The Governor certified those results.

For more information on the two propositions passed in March, visit www.tempe.gov/election.

 

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