Voting on Election Day should be easier

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a mandate in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that forced certain states with a history of voter discrimination to receive federal approval before making any change to their electoral processes. Arizona was one of these states, and since 2013 more than half of the polling places in […]

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Arizona Senators should support “For the People Act”

Sep 8, 2019 Our democratic government and society depend upon the integrity of our elections. I believe that all of us, regardless of political party, desire the continued ability to participate in, and trust the results of, our open elections. Yet many states have failed to take steps to assure the security of ballots, and […]

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Partisan politics have no place in voting rights

Published in the Arizona Daily Sun on July 21, 2019. Many long for the days when our two-party system tried to work for the benefit of the people of the United States. The hostility generated by party politics must stop. Our country has been polarized before and especially during and after the election of 2016. […]

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Legislative Alerts ~ Week of May 13, 2019

We are in day 120 of the legislature session – it is nominally supposed to last 100 days.  The delay is due to disagreements over the budget.  Remember to send your ideas on budget priorities to your representatives. SB 1451 – SCR 1023 – HCR 2005 – OPPOSE STRONGLY – These bills & continuing resolutions […]

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Legislative Alerts ~ Week of April 15, 2019

Criminal Justice Bill Alerts The following are bills related to Criminal Justice in Arizona.  They are out of committee so it is not possible to use the RTS system.  Contact your Senators about these bills this week. CONTACT Senators  – LD6 & LD7 Sylvia Allen (R) LD6                   602-926-5409 Jamescita Peshlakai (D) LD7 […]

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Not-Permanent Early Voting

SB 1188 is worth a special call to your legislator this week. We’ve had permanent early voting in Arizona — a ballot-by-mail system that’s a model for the nation — and SB 1188 would take that away. It’s one more voter suppression attempt, plain and simple. SB 1188 would drop voters from the Permanent Early […]

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Voter Suppression: Republicans’ Favorite Thing

This week a new voter suppression bill reared up in the Arizona Legislature. This week Republican Rep. Townsend introduced a bill (HB2616), which would prohibit anyone employee of any organization (except political parties) from registering people to vote. This would include some of Arizona’s leading voter registration organizations and is yet another move by the […]

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Legislative Alert!

USE Request to Speak or Contact Your Legislators by Email or Phone:             SB1320 – Senate Finance Committee – Moves responsibility for Audits of ESA’s (Educations Scholarship Accounts) to the State Treasurer from the Department Of Education.  Would significantly reduce the effectiveness of any audits done. OPPOSE             SB1395 – Senate Finance Committee – Requires […]

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Republican Bill to Ban Dropping Off Mail-In Ballots in Arizona will Significantly Impact Coconino County.

Voters turned out in record numbers to exercise their rights as citizens to vote in the 2018 election in Arizona.  Some races were not decided until the last ballot was counted.  In some cases this took additional time after the election since many ballots were dropped off at polling places on election day or at […]

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