The state's 1 cent sales tax increase is set to expire in less than a year, but a group has been gathering signatures to bring the sales tax to another vote.
They want the increase extended to help fund education.
But despite collecting close to 300,000 signatures, more than enough to get it on the ballot, the vote may not happen.
After collecting all those signatures, the Secretary of State's Office tossed the ballot initiative because of technical error -- an error the Secretary of State says was too big to ignore.
As workers continue to verify all the signatures for the Quality Education and Jobs Initiative, the people behind the initiative are preparing to sue.
But the secretary of state says the problem is clear.
"The version that was officially filed in our office was found to be different than the version that they were attaching to the signature sheets to collect the signatures," says Ken Bennett, Arizona Secretary of State.
That discrepancy has to do with how the sales tax money would be divided up if voters decided to extend it.
"In our opinion it was a significant difference and it certainly did not allow us what state law requires us to do."
State law mandates the copy at the office and the one shown in the field be identical.
"I think what is at stake here too is the danger of letting hyper-technicalities overrule the will of nearly 300,000 voters," says Ann-Eve Pedersen.
Pedersen is the chair of the group behind the initiative.
"We are starting to hear from voters now who understand that is now under threat and they are very upset," she says. "We live in a time where people don't trust government, their vote doesn't count. And if you start sending the message that your signature doesn't count, that is a bad message to send to the public."
Pedersen and her group will argue in court that a minor error shouldn't kill the initiative.
"If a judge decides that they are close enough and the judge says put it on the ballot we will put it on the ballot," says Bennett.
The people behind the ballot initiative plan to start the legal process Wednesday and they're hoping to get a decision quickly.