Ballot initiatives were meant to allow citizens to put important issues directly to the voters. But these days in Arizona, it's nearly impossible for people to get anything on the ballot unless they hire expensive professional help.

In the past four election cycles, no citizens initiative has collected the more than 100,000 valid signatures of registered voters required to place a measure on the ballot without paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to a company or individuals to collect signatures.

Kiley, K. (2010, August 21). Arizona Ballot Initiatives More Successful with Professional Help. Arizona Republic. Retrieved from