The GOP-led Arizona state Senate is considering a regulation that aims to abolish the vulnerable connection in the chain of imprisonment for voting franchises.
The bill’s primary sponsor says that if it gets passed in the house the measure would abolish the use of unmonitored voting boxes during the election procedure. The measure was approved by the state’s Republican-led House earlier this month and is likely to pass in the state Senate.
State GOP Rep. Jake Hoffman, who introduced the bill, says its passage would effectively end “the weakest link in the chain of custody” for voters’ ballots.
Though, if the bill gets enacted, it will help to get rid of the voting system of the use of unmonitored drop boxes for voting collection, The use of USPS mailboxes for mail-in voting would absolve.
Hoffman said after introducing the bill in January that “This bill doesn’t prohibit ballot drop boxes as long as they are staff monitored. As long as they have someone there, we have existing laws in place regarding and governing the dropping off of early ballots”.
The bill is awaiting a final vote on the floor after passing from the house and the senate administration committee.
Ban on mail-in voting revived in the state legislature
A bill to mostly ban mail-in voting and impose other drastic restrictions regained consciousness in the state legislature this week and cleared a key parliament committee on a straight party rule.
SB 2289 financed by Rep. John Fillmore (R-Dist. 16) would eliminate mail-in voting used by more than 90% of Arizona voters. It would also eliminate machine-counting of ballots, early balloting and ballot drop-boxes as well as requiring county elections officials to count all the ballots by hand on Election Day.
The bill in its original form was co-sponsored by Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Dist. 6) and Rep. Walt Blackman (R-Dist. 6) also Rep. David Cook (R-Dist. 8). Blackman’s now running for Congress, but Cook and Barton said they’ll run in the redrawn District 7.
This week OH productive understanding came out with a stand wide poll that showed 74% of Arizona voters said that they receive votes in the mail while it is opposed by 10% of people.
Mike Noble, OHPI Chief of Research said that the vast majority of Arizonans are supporting mail-in voting, it was shocking to me that any candidate would run opposition on something so incredibly popular with voters.
Arizona Republicans Sue to Eliminate Widespread Early Voting in the State
The Arizona Republican Party has filed a claim to the state’s Supreme Court contending that Arizona’s constitution does not provide any certain compensations for early voting and said that it should not be legal in the state.
According to Arizona Daily Star, the lawsuit states that the person voting on Election Day is the only system that is documented in the Constitution so the system should take it back before the introduction of no-excuse early votes in 1991.
Former President of the United States Donald Trump and other Republicans claimed that early voting and voting through the mail are accessible for substantial voter fraud, which becomes Trump’s unsupported reason for his loss in the 2022 election.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs tweeted in response to the suit “our early voting system is secure and popular, “This lawsuit filed by the Republican Party of Arizona has a single aim—to make it more difficult to vote. I look forward to once again defending the voters of Arizona and defeating this ridiculous attempt to undermine our elections.”
The Daily Star reported that Alexander Kolodin, the attorney who filed the suit, said retreating to the pre-1991 system was the main reason required to obtain an early vote that would provide more security over the election system rather than allowing early votes required for no reason.
Kolodin said in a statement sent to Newsweek that many states with similar provisions have amended their constitutions to allow for mail-in voting.
Yet in 1991, Arizona’s politicians gave us an uncertain system of no-excuse mail-in voting without taking this crucial step. Now Secretary Hobbs had taken this unconstitutional act and run with it, authorizing unmonitored drop-boxes without any legal authority and failing to even provide lawful procedures for verifying signatures on early ballots. And said
“Enough is enough.”
Newsweek reported that earlier this month Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward was one of several people summoned by the House January 6 Committee for allegedly asking state election officials to “stop the counting” and for speaking with Trump and others about the certification of election results in Arizona.