Voting is our right. And apparently we have to fight for it.
“Not everybody wants to vote, and if somebody is uninterested in voting, that probably means that they’re totally uninformed on the issues. Quantity is important, but we have to look at the quality of votes, as well.”
Yes, Rep. John Kavanagh from LD23 actually said this during an interview with CNN.
As citizens of the United States of America, voting is our right.
Yet, the Republicans in the Arizona State Legislature have brought forth a myriad of bills that would make it more difficult for us to vote.
HB 2070 This bill would have allowed the legislature to appoint it’s own slate of electors in the Presidential election whether their side won or lost. It rejects the will of the voters.
SB 1503 Under this bill, the county recorder will send voters a ballot in the mail but after filling it out, it must be returned by hand to an official polling place.
HB 2730 This bill would virtually ends mail in voting which nearly 80% of the voters used in 2020.
There are other bills which would require a ballot signature to be notarized and another which would severely restrict voter registration drives by making it legal to register voters ONLY at government buildings.
BEWARE ZOMBIE BILLS Many of these bills are now effectively dead, though Arizona allows STRIKERS... the text of a bill that has been moving forward can be removed and replaced by new text with a "Strike Everything" amendment. So we must keep our eyes open for these strikers.
This week's House Government committee, which Kavanagh chairs, is hearing a slew of attacks on voting rights. Thank you to Arizona Legislature Weekly Update for this information. Please click the link to the update for the most recent and accurate information about this week's bills, and PLEASE use the Request to Speak system to voice your opposition to these bills on the AZLEG website, and/or contact your representatives.
⛔ SB1003, Ugenti-Rita (R-23), restricting ballot curing
⛔ SB1010, Mesnard (R-17), allowing anyone with enough money to demand an election recount
⛔ SB1083, Ugenti-Rita (R-23), requiring automatic recounts within 0.5%
⛔ SB1105, Mesnard (R-17), increasing the summary on ballot measures to 200 words
⛔ SB1497, Ugenti-Rita (R-23), requiring a Prop 108 scare tactic to be printed on ballots
⛔ SB1531, Mesnard (R-17), making petition circulators read 100-word descriptions aloud to each signer
Additionally, these bills are being heard this week.
HB2569, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-12), would bar election officials from receiving private or public funds to run an election, register voters, or combat election disinformation. Struggling to meet the extraordinary costs of holding an election amid a pandemic, some states and cities accepted grants in 2020 to improve access to the polls for all registered voters. Conservative groups sued on grounds such grants would disproportionately help Democrats, but election analysts say private funding is necessary if the government isn't going to commit to sustainable long-term funding. Passed the House on party lines. Scheduled for Senate Government Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
HCR2023, sponsored by Jake Hoffman (R-12), is a non-binding resolution opposing federal action to regulate state elections (such as HR1, which would expand voting rights, change campaign finance laws to reduce the influence of money in politics, limit partisan gerrymandering, and create new ethics rules for federal officeholders). Scheduled for Senate Government Committee, Monday. OPPOSE.
SB1793, sponsored by David Gowan (R-14), requires, rather than permits, the secretary of state to purge deceased voters from the statewide voter registration database. This already happens on a regular basis; mandating it could create issues. Eligible voters often end up being removed by mistake, and federal law strictly governs how close to an election these purges can take place. This solution in search of a problem should at least be paired with same-day voter registration so voters can correct any error. Scheduled for House Government & Elections Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SCR1024, sponsored by Warren Petersen (R-12), asks voters to amend the Arizona Constitution to require any citizen's initiative that raises taxes or even reduces tax credits to pass with a 2/3 vote. Arizona currently gives away $14 billion in tax cuts and credits each year, far more than it invests in our communities. A direct attack on voter rights. Scheduled for House Ways & Means Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
SB1485, sponsored by Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-23), would strip voters from the Permanent Early Voting List if they fail to vote their early ballots in two back-to-back primary and general elections, and strikes the word "permanent" from statute. Opponents estimate this would purge over 225,000 voters from PEVL and affect the thousands of Arizonans who received their ballot in the mail but chose to vote in person. If independent voters fail to mail back a ballot for two general elections in a row and do not specifically request primary ballots, they risk getting kicked off the PEVL, which may be unconstitutional. Scheduled for House Government & Elections Committee, Wednesday. OPPOSE.
Please click the link to the update for the most recent and accurate information about this week's bills, and PLEASE use the Request to Speak system to voice your opposition to these bills on the AZLEG website, and/or contact your representatives.
Voting is our right, and apparently in Arizona, we have to fight to keep it.