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Secretary of State Michele Reagan is disenfranchising voters

Last month we learned that Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan violated the law when her office failed to mail publicity pamphlets to hundreds of thousands of voters in time for the May 2016 special election, a state-appointed investigator has concluded.

But, the investigator found, there is no provision in state law to punish anyone for not delivering the pamphlets on time and Reagan and her staff did not act criminally.

That’s the outcome of a long-awaited investigative report released Wednesday by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Michael Morrissey, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice, led the review as an appointed special investigator.

Reagan responded “mistakes were made and we were responsible,” then tried to pass the buck to vendors and her staff.

Last week the Secretary of State was sued for illegally denying thousands of Arizonans the right to vote in federal elections because they registered using the federal voter registration form. Arizona, lawsuit contends voters are being disenfranchised:

Legal papers filed Tuesday in federal court here acknowledge that state law requires would-be voters to produce certain identification when registering. That requirement has been upheld in prior court rulings.

But attorneys for the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Arizona Students Association point out that the U.S. Supreme Court has said that state law does not — and cannot — prevent people from registering to vote for federal elections using a federally approved registration form. And they contend that those whose state registrations are rejected for lack of citizenship proof are not informed of that option.

“At least 26,000 voters in Maricopa County alone have been disenfranchised by these policies,” the lawsuit states. But the problem is not limited there.

The lawyers say they’ve sampled more than 2,000 state registration forms that were rejected because applicants had failed to provide the required proof of citizenship. Of that group, fewer than 15 percent successfully registered after receiving notice of the rejection.

“Therefore, many eligible voters across Arizona have been disenfranchised by these unnecessary bureaucratic policies,” the lawsuit states.

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Register to Vote for City of Tucson August primary

“Voter Registration Deadline Approaching  
The voter registration deadline for the City of Tucson’s Aug. 29 primary election is next Monday, July 31. Those wishing to register to vote should contact the Pima County Recorder’s Office at (520) 724-4330, or follow the link below. The City of Tucson election information publication, “The Choice Is Yours,” will be mailed Aug. 2, and ballots for the mail-in election will be sent to registered voters on Aug. 9. The materials will be sent only to voters in contested wards (3, 5, and 6).
Register to vote via ServiceArizona: http://bit.ly/2pyzIGb
Tucson City Clerk’s vote-by-mail calendar: http://bit.ly/2sYqJAJ
Pima County Recorder: http://bit.ly/2bj0xsD.”
Many thanks to Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich for this info above sent out in her weekly newsletter. There is a Dem primary in her race, as she is retiring after 3 terms. Check our website for information on the 3 candidates: Felicia Chew, political newcomer; Paul Durham (former Chief of State for Ward 6 Councilmember Nina Trasoff); and Tom Tronsdal, political newcomer.
Another contested race is in Ward 6 with 2 Green Party candidates vying for their nomination for the Council: Mike Cease (Chair of the Green Party of Pima County) and Michael Oatman. They are having a candidate forum for the Green Party of Pima County on August 1st. See our Calendar for details.
Vote wisely on or before August 29, 2017.

AZ Democratic caucus acting like a damn opposition party! Yay!

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

Barbara McGuire
AZ Sen. Barbara McGuire

The Arizona legislative session began last week and, as has been the case for most of the past decade or five, the Democrats are in the minority. If you pay attention to the doings at 1700 W. Washington St. you know that being the opposition party means that Democratic lawmakers, armed with facts and logic, argue valiantly (and futilely) against atrocious harebrained GOP bills in committee hearings and make impassioned speeches against said bills and ever crueler budget cuts on the floors of the Senate or House. They are, of course, mostly ignored as the terrible bills and budgets pass. Continue reading