The latest news on this front comes from a really interesting article at Ballot Access News written by the widely-respected election expert and advocate for third party/independent ballot access Richard Winger. Take a look at this excerpt:
On January 27, seven Arizona Representatives introduced HB 2640. It cuts the number of signatures in half, both for candidates seeking a place on a primary ballot, and also for independent candidates. The existing 2022 petition requirement for statewide independent candidates is approximately 40,000 signatures, but the bill would cut that to approximately 20,000.
The sponsors are Representatives Neal Carter, Shawnna Bolick, Judy Burges, David Cook, Lupe Diaz, Brian Fernandez, and Jacqueline Parker. All are Republicans except that Fernandez is a Democrat. The Arizona State House has sixty members.
Read the full article here.