This is the last week for bills to be heard in committee in their chamber of origin. Expect to see packed committee agendas this week.
For those of you who are doing bill tracking and using “Request to Speak” (RTS) to comment on legislation in the Arizona legislature, we could use your help in posting committee action updates in the comments this week. This requires a team effort on your part.
In a timely visit to Arizona, the founder of Fair Fight, Stacey Abrams, will join the Arizona Democratic Party for an event focused on voting rights on Thursday, February 20, at 5:30 p.m., at the Carpenters Local Union 1912, 4547 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. Please RSVP HERE.
Following up on Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley’s earlier post about Republican voter suppression measures moving through the legislature, here are just some of the bills of which we are aware (there are others).
The House Elections Committee meets on Tuesday.
SB1092 (Ugenti-Rita, LD23) would require anyone dropping off a ballot on behalf of another person to provide an attestation and identification.
HB2343 (Fillmore, LD16) would require voters to present a form of ID and sign their name to a delivery log when dropping off an early ballot in-person at a polling location.
Note: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Arizona’s 2016 ‘ballot harvesting’ law in late January, but the court will allow Arizona’s ballot harvesting ban to remain in effect for the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary.
SB1014 (Ugenti-Rita, LD23) election procedures manual; rulemaking; would require that any changes in the formal election manual be approved by the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council.
SB1020 (Ugenti-Rita, LD23) would add a disclosure to the ballot instead of the publicity pamphlet, potentially causing confusion for voters and reducing participation in initiatives.
SB1032 (Ugenti-Rita, LD23) would allow an early voter to add their signature to an early ballot returned without a signature on the return envelope no later than 7:00 p.m. on election day. This is an attempt to void a settlement agreement Arizona entered into with the Navajo Nation following a 2018 lawsuit. Arizona voters who don’t sign early ballots will get a second chance under settlement. As part of a settlement, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs agreed to a new policy to require officials to notify voters about missing signatures on early ballots and give them five business days after an election to remedy the problem.
SCR1018 (Mesnard, LD17) would impose an arbitrary population limit for legislative districts. This bill would largely affect rural districts, breaking up cities and towns and handing power to more metropolitan districts.
SCR1020 (Leach, LD11) is a direct attack on voter protected initiatives. The bill would usurp voter-passed and protected initiatives, i.e., the Voter Protection Act, allowing the legislature to change initiatives passed by voters, like raising the minimum wage.
HB2043 (Townsend, LD16) would prohibit the use of a high school, university, or college ID as a form of identification for voting in Arizona.
HB2268 (Townsend, LD16) allows anyone to submit an election complaint directly to the Attorney General. The bill also allows the Attorney General’s office to enter any polling location to investigate, setting up disruptions and possible voter intimidation.
HB2268 (Townsend, LD16) modifies the verification of voter registration records by obtaining information from the administrative office of the courts to be transmitted to the Secretary of State and the Attorney General.
HB2306 (Townsend, LD16) re: elections; counting center; electronic adjudication. Passed by House. Substitute bill is SB1135.
HB2364 (Townsend, LD16) Makes various changes to statute relating to elections and contains an emergency clause. This has a number of suspect provisions.
HB2461 (now HB2124) (Thorpe, LD6) would only allow individuals to vote in Arizona if they reside in the state 12 months of the year, and prevent anyone with a university address from voting. This would include students, “snowbirds,” and others who spend time living outside of the state, but consider Arizona their home.
HB2137 (Lawrence, LD23) would require county recorders or other officers in charge of elections to provide a law enforcement office posted at or inside each polling location, setting up disruptions and possible voter intimidation.
HCR2032 (Kern, LD20) would establish a single subject rule for voter-led initiatives, again attempting to weaken the power of voters to pass and establish their own laws.
HCR2039 (Finchem, LD11) would require initiatives and referenda to hit the signature threshold in all 30 legislative districts, creating unnecessary barriers for voter-led initiatives.
HCR2046 (Bowers, LD25) would require every ballot measure passed since 1990 to be revoted on every ten years. This is a costly and unneeded piece of legislation designed to weaken the Voter Protection Act.
Your vigilance and posting updates on elections bills in the comments will help readers keep track of these Republican voter suppression measures. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in advance. Together we can stop this assault on your voting rights.
UPDATE: Some additional bills to keep a watchful eye on:
HB2304 (Townsend, LD16) federal only ballots; paper; tabulation
HB2343 (Fillmore, LD 16) early voting; identification required