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.


LIVING BILLS

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%