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 :
Page 4, after line 45, insert:
“C. ON ELECTION DAY, A VOTING CENTER IS DEEMED TO BE A POLLING PLACE AND SECTIONS 13-3102, 16-515 AND 16 579 APPLY.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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