SB1324 would bring public verifiability to an election process that is currently sagging under the weight of voter distrust and discord.
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.
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.
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.
New ID requirements. Unfamiliar or distant polling places. Names missing from the voter rolls.
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.
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.
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.
The House has given initial approval to a measure that would block voter-outreach groups from collecting and dropping off early ballots.
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.
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.
Arizona’s election laws saw some significant overhauls during the 2015 legislative session, as well as some major proposals that fell short.