Action Alert: Election ‘Reform’ Bills being heard today

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

The AP reports that Arizona Republican lawmakers are again working to revive a series of
divisive election bills that opponents say will limit Democratic and
Hispanic voter turnout. Arizona lawmakers move to revive election bills – Fox 10:

Lawmakers are slated to debate the election bills Thursday and opponents
are asking their supporters to lobby lawmakers against the provisions.

Democrats who support Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan opposed by conservative Republicans say the GOP-leadership wants to revive the election bills to stall the budget approval process.

Some Senate Democrats have said they won't support the proposed Medicaid expansion plan in the state budget if it also includes the election bills. Brewer needs Democratic votes to get the Medicaid overhaul passed.

The election bills seek to trim the state's permanent early voting list, among other measures.

REVISED 2 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE SCHEDULE 6-6-13 (Senate)

Thursday,
June 6, 2013

 

 

Time

 

Room

 

Bill Number

On Agenda

 

Short/Now Title

 

Type

 

Senators

 

Representatives

11:00 AM

HHR 4

2305

initiatives;
filings; circulators

FCC

*MCCOMISH,
DRIGGS, HOBBS BURGESS, WARD

FARNSWORTH,
MESNARD, QUEZADA

*McComish
replaced by Burgess and Driggs replaced by Ward

REVISED 2 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE SCHEDULE 6-6-13 (House)

Thursday,
June 6, 2013

 

 

Time

 

Room

 

Bill Number

On Agenda

 

Short/Now Title

 

Type

 

Representatives

 

Senators

11:00
AM

HHR 4

2305

initiatives;
filings; circulators

FCC

FARNSWORTH,
MESNARD, QUEZADA

*MCCOMISH, **DRIGGS, HOBBS,

BURGES,
WARD

*  McComish
is being replaced by Burges

** Driggs
is being replaced by Ward

REVISED CONFERENCE COMMITTEE SCHEDULE 6-6-13 (House)

Thursday,
June 6, 2013

 

 

Time

 

Room

 

Bill Number

On Agenda

 

Short/Now Title

 

Type

 

Representatives

 

Senators

11:00
AM

HHR 4

2305

initiatives;
filings; circulators

FCC

FARNSWORTH,
MESNARD, QUEZADA

*MCCOMISH, DRIGGS, HOBBS,

BURGES

* McComish
has been replaced by Burges

UPDATE: On Wedndesday, HB 2518, Rep. Justin Olson's bill passed the Senate 3rd Read (23-0-7) and is listed on Blue Sheet #26 for Caucus. HB 2518 allows a city or town to adopt an approval voting system for the primary or first election:

A. Notwithstanding any other statute, a city or town in this state may by ordinance establish and use a system of approval voting in that city's or town's primary or first election. An approval voting system shall provide for the following:

1. The voter in the primary or first election shall be permitted to vote for as many candidates for a single office as the voter chooses to approve.

2. The two candidates who receive the highest and second highest number of votes in the primary or first election shall advance to the general or runoff election for that city or town without regard to whether any one candidate has received a majority of the votes cast for that office.

3. The ballot and all other voting materials shall clearly indicate that the voter may vote for as many candidates in that election as the voter chooses, and that the candidates who receive the two highest number of votes shall advance to the general or runoff election.

This election provision is seriously whacked. Rep. Olson can either concur in Senate Amendments to allow passage of this bill, or refuse the Senate Amendments. You should oppose this crazy election provision.

0 responses to “Action Alert: Election ‘Reform’ Bills being heard today

  1. Don’t understand why anyone thinks this could be added to the Health Budget bill – it is not germane. This bill is now ready for Concur/Final Passage & doesn’t need to be attached to anything.