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Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014 7:15 am

Got something you'd like to say about whether lawmakers deserve $35,000 a year?

Care to share it with the world — or at least all Arizona voters?

For $100 you can — or $75 if you're computer literate.

That's how much it costs to put an argument on any ballot measure in a pamphlet that is mailed to the home of every registered voter. But you've got to act fast: The language — and the cash or check — has to be in the hands of the Secretary of State's Office no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Arizona law specifically requires a pamphlet to be prepared detailing the effects of every measure on the November ballot. About two million of those pamphlets are being printed up, to go out before early voting for the general election starts in October. The arguments are limited to 300 words, pro or con.

Officially, the fee is $100, but that price is reduced by $25 if the argument is submitted electronically, via compact disc or email, though they have to be formatted for Microsoft Word. Anything in pdf format will be rejected.

Whatever is submitted will be printed exactly as sent. That means if you spell a word wrong, that's the way it comes out. But that also means the arguments can include typographical features, like boldface or italics.

But that fee has to be paid at the same time or earlier, and the arguments have to be signed and notarized.

Arguments submitted by organizations must have the notarized signatures of a least two executive officers. Political committees must be identified, with arguments signed by the chairman or treasurer.

Submittals must include the name, address or post office box, city and telephone number of those who have signed, though only the name and city of those signing the arguments will appear in the pamphlet.

The question of that $11,000-a-year raise for lawmakers, on the ballot as Proposition 304, is not the only issue before voters — and not the only issue on which people can comment.

Proposition 122 would amend the Arizona Constitution to allow residents to "reject a federal action that the people determine violates the United States Constitution.''

Proposition 303 would allow those who are terminally ill to seek and use drugs which are still in the experimental stage and have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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