voting rights

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Mar 21, 2023

Bipartisan SB1324 would help restore trust in election’s process

SB1324 would bring public verifiability to an election process that is currently sagging under the weight of voter distrust and discord. 

Nov 17, 2022

Voting is a right for all, including ex-cons

I firmly believe that restoration of a person’s voting rights should be automatic after they are released from prison. I feel even more solid in that stance having gone through the process to restore my own right to vote.  

Mar 16, 2021

U.S. House Takes Step to Restore Voting Rights

In Arizona and across the nation Republican politicians are engaging in a power grab – they are actively working to suppress the vote and discriminating against minority communities to stop regular people from having a say. Now is the moment to make the changes needed to restore our democracy.

Mar 13, 2020

People released from prison deserve automatic voting restoration

As you cast your votes this election year, let’s remember our fellow community members who can’t--not because they are unwilling to participate but because of anti-democratic processes that send the message that their voices don’t count. Commit to change, not just for them, but for our country. Because when every voice is heard, that’s when true democracy exists.

Oct 14, 2016

Experts worry about voting-related turmoil on Election Day

New ID requirements. Unfamiliar or distant polling places. Names missing from the voter rolls.

Aug 23, 2016

New laws leave voters to navigate maze of requirements

With the presidential election less than three months away, millions of Americans will be navigating new requirements for voting – if they can vote at all – as state leaders implement dozens of new restrictions that could make it more difficult to cast a ballot.

May 17, 2016

Ballot harvesting law could impact Latinos and seniors in general election

Arizona’s new law that criminalizes the collection of voters’ early ballots by volunteers could impact the ability of the elderly and Latinos to cast their votes, according to local voter outreach groups.

May 10, 2016

Arizona felons have steep path to restore voting rights

Since 2013, state Sen. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix, has proposed legislation that would restore voting rights for all ex-offenders. In January, the bill died again without a hearing.

Feb 4, 2016

House tentatively outlaws most early ballot collection

The House has given initial approval to a measure that would block voter-outreach groups from collecting and dropping off early ballots.

Jan 25, 2016

House Committee votes to make ballot harvesting a felony

Insisting there must be fraud taking place, a Republican-controlled House committee voted today to make it a felony to take someone else's early ballot to a polling place.

Nov 10, 2015

Federal court rules Tucson ward system unconstitutional

In an often strongly worded opinion, the majority of the three-judge panel said the system of partisan nomination by wards but electing at large unconstitutionally denies residents equal rights. And the losers in that system, according to the court, are Republicans.

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May 4, 2015

Lawmakers revive old election controversies, redefine ‘political committee’

Arizona’s election laws saw some significant overhauls during the 2015 legislative session, as well as some major proposals that fell short.