UPDATE: Bill amended, objection withdrawn: HB2206 Early Voting, Vote Centers

UPDATE 2: 021518 Bill, as amended, passes committee 4-3
Will continue to track bill and report back. gs

Gina Swoboda, Election Integrity, UPDATE 021418:

HB2206 (the bill allowing all mail voting procedures at the polls on Election Day), has been Amended.

The amendment that Rep. Coleman added this afternoon (2/14) addresses our biggest concerns.

Specifically the amendment restored 16-579 which covers our polling procedures for Election Day.

The amendment adds :

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The restoration of ARS 16-579 under this amendment means our current Election Day procedures are maintained: ballots voted on Election Day, at the polls, by voters not signed up for PEVL (Early Voting), will continue to be tabulated at the polling place, and will NOT be treated as Mail Ballots.

In light of this amendment, I am withdrawing my objections to HB2206.

Thank you to all the PCs and grassroots activists who called, emailed and logged into RTS to express our concerns over this bill, thank you to Frosty for alerting the community, and thank you to our legislators and our party representatives at the County level who took action to improve the bill and protect Election Integrity in AZ.

Please continue to support SB1466 (which empowers our Board of Supervisors to determine any vote center (ballot center), and early vote center locations, and requires County Recorders to have authorization from the Board of Supervisors to determine the method of ballot tabulation). This excellent bill goes to the Senate Judiciary committee this morning at 900am.

Please email info @AZEI.org with any questions. Thank you!!!


A very bad, very dangerous bill has been introduced in the State House: HB2206, Early Voting,Voting Centers.

This bill will allow Democrat County Recorder Fontes (and all 15 County Recorders), to utilize Early Voting procedures for ALL BALLOTS even those cast at the polls on Election Day, even for voters who have not signed up for PEVL. 

 This is what Fontes did in the jurisdictional elections and we ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT THIS. 

This is an end run around a direct vote for ALL MAIL ELECTIONS which they know will not pass.

 Under this legislation, ballots cast on Election Day will NO LONGER be tabulated at the polls. 

This is also an end run around Voter ID, as ALL VOTER ballots will be treated as Early Votes, ie placed in an envelope and a signature on an affidavit used as Proof of Identity. 

Please call and email ALL of our GOP legislators and ask them to vote No if this bill makes it out of committee. 

Senate: https://www.azleg.gov/MemberRoster/?body=S

Read bill here: https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/2R/bills/HB2206P.htm

Email info@AZEI.org with questions. Thank you!!!


UPDATE: Bill recommended, passes committee 4-3; AZ Elections Bill: SB1466 (Voting Centers, Board of Supervisors)

UPDATE: Bill recommended, passes committee 4-3; AZ Elections Bill: SB1466 (Voting Centers, Board of Supervisors)

UPDATE: We recommend the bill be passed, in coordination with the amendements to HB2206. If HB2206 is passed, as amended, and SB1466 does NOT ultimately pass, then we recommend HB2206 be killed, as it will empower County Recorders to extend Early Voting without authorization of the Boards of Supervisors.

IF SB1466 passes AND HB2206 is passed, (as amended), we support BOTH bills.

SB1466 passed committee, as amended 4-3. We will continue to track ddevelopments on the bill.

Our state legislators have brought forward a bill, SB1466, that does the following:

Instructs the Board of Supervisors to designate polling places and method of tabulation, only the Board of Supervisors may designate ballot centers (vote centers) and early ballot drop-off locations, the county recorder must have a resolution from the Board of Supervisors to establish additional voting locations

You may read the entire text of the bill here:


The bill is sponsored by Senator Gray and co sponsored by 19 other state legislators. The bill is supported by the Maricopa County Republican Committee. Our former County Recorder, Helen Purcell, reminds us that we need to be cautious enacting state legislation aimed at Maricopa County, because this bill will affect ALL 15 AZ counties, not just Arizona. Recorder Purcell is consulting with the other county recorders on this bill.

We will update as the bill progresses.

CD8 Special Election Update

CD8 Special Election Update

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved the Election plan of Recorder Fontes for the CD8 Special Election to fill the seat of Rep. Trent Franks.

If you or your friends or family live in CD8, please encourage them STRONGLY to vote in BOTH the primary on February 27th, AND the General Election to fill this seat on April 24th.


CD8 includes:
Anthem, Goodyear, Peoria, Surprise, El Mirage, Lichfield Park, Sun City, Youngtown, Glendale, New River, Sun City West, and Phoenix (North of Pinnacle Peak Rd, West of I17)

We have had very low GOP voter turnout in Special Elections nationwide over the past few months. Last month the GOP lost the WI SD10 race with a drop from 60,000 GOP voters turning out in ’16, to just 9,000 GOP voters turning out in January, resulting in the loss of the seat.

The Maricopa County Recorder expects very low turnout in this election:
CD8 Election Facts
There are 454,199 registered voters in CD8.
Based on historical data we anticipate 4% of registered voters to vote at the polls on Election Day, which is approximately 18,000 voters total. This number helped determine the number of polling locations.
A standard polling location can reasonably accommodate 2,500-3,000 voters.
There are currently 55 proposed polling Locations in CD8.

Early Voting Information
Special Primary Election – February 27, 2018

This Election, only voters on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) with a declared party preference will automatically receive their ballot by mail. Voters that do not have a declared party preference, often referred to as Independents, will need to inform the Election Department the party ballot they wish to vote. The voter can either go online to www.maricopa.vote, call 602-506-1511, or return the postcard mailed to them to inform the Elections Department of the party ballot they wish to vote. Voters not on the PEVL, may either request a ballot by mail (until Friday, February 16), vote early in person at one of the early voting sites listed below (until Friday, February 23), or vote in person on Election Day (Tuesday, February 27) at their polling location.

Special General Election – April 24, 2018

This will also be an Election where voters on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) will automatically receive their ballot by mail. Voters not on the PEVL, may either request a ballot by mail (until Friday, April 16), vote early in person at one of the early voting sites listed below (until Friday, April 20), or vote in person on election day (Tuesday, April 24) at their assigned polling location. In addition to the Election Day polling locations, the following will be available for in person early voting and be open through the Friday prior to Election Day, which is February 23 (Primary) and April 20 (General):

Opens 27 days prior to Election Day: January 31 (Primary) and March 28 (General)

Surprise City Hall (Community Room) 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, 85374

Maricopa County Elections Department (MCTEC) 510 S 3rd Ave, Phoenix, 85003

Maricopa County Recorder/Elections 111 S 3rd Ave, Phoenix, 85003

Maricopa County Recorder/Elections (MESA) 222 E Javelina Ave, Mesa, 85210

Opens 10 days prior to Election Day: February 17 (Primary) and April 14 (General)

Goodyear City Hall (Lobby) 190 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear 85338

Thunderbird Retirement Resort (Community Room) 5401 W Dailey St, Glendale, 85306

For more detailed information on hours of operation for polling locations and early voting sites, visit www.Locations.Maricopa.Vote



Register to attend Public Information sessions on the election plan for the CD8 Special here:


AZ SoS: 2017-2018 Revised Elections Office Procedure Manual, Public Meeting Today, Jan. 26

AZ SoS: 2017-2018 Revised Elections Office Procedure Manual, Public Meeting Today, Jan. 26

There will be a Public Forum on Friday, January 26, 2018 to discuss the new draft of the revised SoS Elections Office Procedure Manual:

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, in cooperation with our county partners, is updating the State of Arizona Election Procedures Manual for the 2017-2018 election cycle. Our office has made draft sections of this manual available for public review. Public comments on the revised chapters can be sent to proceduresmanual@azsos.gov.

A public forum on the draft Election Procedures Manual will be held January 26, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.. The forum will be located in the Governor’s 2nd floor conference room located in the State Capitol Executive Tower, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona 85007.

I have linked to the chapters of the revised EOPM that cover Elections Integrity issues. Please click through to the AZ SoS link below to review other chapters.


Chapter 1 – Voter Registration

Chapter 2 – Early Voting

Chapter 3 – Ballots By Mail Elections

Chapter 4 – Election Day Voting

Chapter 5 – Initiative, Referendum, and Recall Petitions

Chapter 6 – Regulation of Petition Circulators

Chapter 7 – Political Party Representation on the Ballot

Chapter 8 – Campaign Finance

Chapter 9 – Holding Public Office

Chapter 10 – Voting Equipment Certification

The 2014 manual may be found here:

Trump DOJ requests Citizenship Question on Census ‘ to help enforce Voting Rights Act’

Trump DOJ requests Citizenship Question on Census ‘ to help enforce Voting Rights Act’

Oh you clever clever Trump appointees..

Why yes, now that you mention it, if illegals are voting, their votes are diluting the votes of citizens, including minorities.

So heck yeah it is a violation of the Voting Rights Act.

I look forward to reading the Amicus Brief the ACLU will surely file to support Team Trump’s efforts to preserve the VRA protections for minority citizens, whose votes are being diluted by illegals voting.


From The Hill:

The Department of Justice is asking the Census Bureau if a question on citizenship status could be added to 2020 census forms, according to a letter first reported by ProPublica on Friday. The DOJ letter, dated Dec. 12, said including a question on citizenship would allow the department to bette