Arizonans expecting to vote in the August primary and November general elections will have their work cut out for them.
The ballot will be lengthy, with potentially dozens of candidates listed for a wide range of offices and the possibility of 10 propositions on which to decide.
From president and members of Congress to legislators, county supervisors and school board members, voters will have many points of view and political records to consider.
Additionally, Arizonans will decide on nine potential amendments to the state constitution and, perhaps, one citizens' initiative that would make permanent a one-cent sales tax going mostly for education.
The time to prepare is now, says an official of a leading voter education organization.
"With quite a few ballot initiatives ... they need to make sure that they understand how to vote before they ever get in that booth or even get the ballot at home,” says Marion Pickens, second vice president of the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson.
"We try to take the initiatives and put them into language that people can understand, rather than legalese they come in," Pickens says.
She says the organization will publish its election year voter guide -- in English and Spanish -- for distribution throughout the state, and it will include a full rundown on the candidates and the issues in the ballot propositions.
Pickens, a former state legislator, says her experience has shown that voters are less educated than they need to be on the candidates and the issues.
"There were many times when I was in the Legislature, and I would introduce myself even to my neighbors, that I was representing them in the Legislature, and they had no idea who I was," she says. "So the ability for people to recognize candidates or legislators or issues takes a real effort on the part of people.
"That's of course what we're trying to do in the league, is making sure that the knowledge of what is going to be on the ballot becomes a part of their dialogue and information," Pickens says.