The People have Spoken: Invest in Ed and Second Chances gain enough Signatures to Qualify for the November Ballot

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This is a great day for Democracy in Arizona.

This could be the first indication that Arizona Public Schools will finally get the monies they desperately need.

This could be the first sign that sensible alternative options for nonviolent prisoners is possible.

237,645 valid signatures were needed for the Invest in Ed and Second Chance Citizen Ballot Initiatives to qualify for the November 3, 2020 ballots.

The People have spoken. According to Stacy Pearson of Strategies 360:

Invest in Ed will be reporting 435,669 signatures at the Arizona Secretary of State office.

Second Chances will submit 397,291 signatures.

It is very likely that after all the signatures are verified, both initiatives will be on the November ballot.

The power of the people has beaten the adversity of a public health pandemic and the narrow-mindedness of Doug Ducey’s packed Supreme Court.

The activists who worked every day to safely collect the last signatures should be saluted.

While supporters of both initiatives should expect to have to counter arguments of reactionary interests that will try and use the legal process to somehow throw out these citizen supported measures, today is a day to celebrate.

Next week starts the process to work to pass these ballot initiatives in November.

Please remember:

  • Primary Election Day is on August 4, 2020, and General Election Day is on November 3. 2020. Please see the below graphic for all-important voting dates. 
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  • Arizona residents, mail your General Election ballot by October 28, 2020, for the November 3, 2020 election.
  • Check-in with the Secretary of State’s office where you live to verify your mail-in ballot was received, processed, verified, and counted.
  • Know the voter ID requirements in your state.
  • If you can, support Clean Election Candidates with a small contribution.
  • Also, please remember to stay informed on all the candidates and vote for all the offices on the ballot.
  • Also, remember to research all the ballot initiatives, sign to get them on the ballot if you support the measure, and vote on them as well.









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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


    • Hi John, Of course, it is necessary. Like I said in an earlier conversation with you, these petitions should have the same signature-gathering guidelines as most candidates. Have a nice holiday. You never got back to me on the question regarding your liability protection measure. Please advise and take care.

    • Hi John, why did you feel it necessary to change the rules for citizen initiative signature gathering but not for your own signatures? Why aren’t yours also “strict compliance”?

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