UPDATE: Bill amended, objection withdrawn: HB2206 Early Voting, Vote Centers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


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

POTUS dissolves Election Integrity Advisory Group, refers Vote Fraud investigation to DHS…

POTUS dissolves Election Integrity Advisory Group, refers Vote Fraud investigation to DHS…

Update: January 4, 2018

POTUS Tweets:

YUGE developments–

President Trump has dissolved the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and has referred investigation of voter fraud to the Department of Homeland Security.

I would point out that the ability to refuse to grant data to a national security arm of the Federal government is much lower than refusing an inquiry from a panel such as the one VP Pence was leading.

Litigation will no doubt ensue, but courts will be less likely to grant injunctions blocking data requests when they are issued under the imprimatur of national security (excluding judges in Hawaii and the 9th Circus who demonstrate zero concern with the safety of the public).

This move puts us in a much much stronger position to make an impact and restore election integrity.

Buckle up, because this is going to be EPIC.

Kris Kobach likes the move:

Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state, said President Trump’s decision to nix the panel and ask Homeland Security to pick up the investigation will actually move much faster, and will still be able to look at critical issues such as the extent of noncitizens who register to vote — and in many cases actually cast illegal ballots.

Mr. Kobach said the panel, officially known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, had gotten bogged down in legal challenges filed by Democrats, liberal groups — and even one Democratic member of the commission itself…

…Now, he said, the probe will go on, but it will no longer be done through public meetings, and Democrats — who had five seats on the voting commission — will now be shut out as the investigation moves to the executive branch bureaucracy….