Jan Brewer Signs Elections Bill to Keep Third Parties Away, Prevent Counting of Some Votes

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Governor Jan Brewer
Governor Jan Brewer signed an elections bill into law that fixes things that never really seemed to be broken.

Brewer's signature on House Bill 2305 will help keep third-party candidates off ballots, will help prevent people from getting early-voting ballots, and bans political groups from picking up early-voting ballots from people and dropping them off with elections officials.

This bill did not contain these provisions until a few days ago, and since they're all packed into the same bill that was approved by Brewer, it certainly creates the impression that the Republican legislators who passed the bill are attempting to protect fellow Republicans.

Check out some of these provisions:

3. If for a candidate for the office of member of the Legislature, by a number of qualified electors who are qualified to vote for the candidate whose nomination petition they are signing equal to at least ONE-THIRD OF one per cent but not more than three per cent of the total voter registration of the party designated in the district from which the member of the legislature may be elected.

So, if you wanted to be the Libertarian candidate for the state senator in Legislative District 13 in 2012, you would've needed six signatures from the district's 507 Libertarian voters. If this were the law then, a Libertarian hopeful would have needed 319 signatures from any of the district's 95,688 registered voters.

The law doesn't change the number of signatures needed in county races.

Then there's this one, about the permanent early-voting list:

L. NOTWITHSTANDING SUBSECTION K OF THIS SECTION, BY DECEMBER 1 OF EACH EVEN-NUMBERED YEAR, THE COUNTY RECORDER OR OTHER OFFICER IN CHARGE OF ELECTIONS MAY SEND A NOTICE TO EACH VOTER WHO IS ON THE PERMANENT EARLY VOTING LIST AND WHO DID NOT VOTE AN EARLY BALLOT IN BOTH THE PRIMARY ELECTION AND THE GENERAL ELECTION FOR THE TWO MOST RECENT GENERAL ELECTIONS FOR FEDERAL OFFICE, UNLESS THE VOTER HAD CONTACTED THE COUNTY RECORDER IN THE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING TWENTY-FOUR MONTHS TO REAFFIRM THE VOTER'S INTENT TO REMAIN ON THE PERMANENT EARLY VOTING LIST.

So, if you don't vote often enough, you're off the early-voting list.

Then there's this curious bit:

. . . NO EARLY BALLOT SHALL BE COLLECTED OR RETURNED BY EITHER OF THE FOLLOWING:

1. ANY PAID OR VOLUNTEER WORKER OF ANY POLITICAL COMMITTEE AS DEFINED IN SECTION 16-901. A PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN IS NOT PRESUMED TO BE ACTING ON BEHALF OF A POLITICAL COMMITTEE UNLESS AN AGENT OF THE POLITICAL COMMITTEE OR PARTY HAS DIRECTED PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN TO COLLECT OR RETURN EARLY BALLOTS.
2. ANY OTHER GROUP OR ORGANIZATION ON WHOSE BEHALF AN INDIVIDUAL IS DIRECTED TO COLLECT OR RETURN THE BALLOT.

Gee, you may have noticed that it was Latino lefties who were collecting folks' early ballots last year. Volunteers with groups like Citizens for a Better Arizona collected ballots in their efforts to defeat Russell Pearce in his comeback, and during what proved to be Sheriff Joe Arpaio's re-election.

"Most of these are what we call 'garbage ballots,'" CBA co-founder Randy Parraz told our colleague Stephen Lemons last year. "That means they were just sitting in someone's house, ready to be tossed in the garbage."

Now it's a crime to make sure someone's vote counts, using this method.

Click here to read the bill.

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bgray59
bgray59

It will also maintain the one party system in Democratically controlled Apache County.

sarum
sarum

Wow wow wow OWWW!  I cannot believe so many posters here are so locked into the 2 party system.  I cannot understand how a thinking person can align themselves with either R-listers or D-listers - I don't like any of the 3rd party options we have had in recent years either.  Lets just get rid of the parties and vote on the issues directly.  

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Political activists have no business gathering early ballots.  There are too many opportunities for partison shenanigans by allowing them to do so. 

HEREWEGOAGAIN
HEREWEGOAGAIN

I have to admit Mr. Hendley, at first you had me upset thinking that Mrs. Brewer did something horribly wrong.  After reading the provisions, however, I see it is you that did something horribly wrong by baiting with the title of your article. If anything, Mrs. Brewer actually strengthened third party politics.  We do not need 100 candidates splintered across our third party landscape.  We, the voters, need viable candidates for political office that can potentially remove the dodo bird whose wings are Republican and Democrat.  Also, we do not need the government wasting our tax money on paperwork nobody reads.  An early voter will continue to receive the notifications.  I am not an early voter and prefer to do my own research on candidates anyway- no love lost.  This is the age of the internet, where access to information is readily available.  If someone does not have internet or a computer, they can go to the library and utilize their computers free, paid for by those who pay taxes. Lastly, I am pleased that the agenda driven volunteers and political committees will no longer be allowed to touch people's ballots- they have no right.  If people wish not to take advantage of their right to vote, a right that many fought and died for, then they deserve exactly what we get from the joke that is Republicans and Democrats.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

pretty soon its going to be "welcome to AZ, Sieg Heil! " 

logicman
logicman

I wish I could go back to the days when I had no clue how politics worked

marcy
marcy

Why do Republicans spend so much time trying to keep people off the ballot and from voting?

Cozz
Cozz

Anything to rig an election is the Republican motto.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@HEREWEGOAGAIN Now prepare yourself for the feeding frenzy of trolldumb that will inevitably occur from those who harbor no leeway for opinions that differ from their own.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@marcy Why do Democrats want to remove all restrictions and allow anybody who walks across the border to vote?

You think maybe there's a middle ground?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz  It's the Democrat motto, too.  You think they don't approve of making it harder to put outsiders on the ballot?

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

This law will give us more Arpaio's. You're going to spend the rest of your time at MCSO working for political whores.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

This law doesn't strength third parties, it eliminates them. The Libertarian Party, which believes what the Republicans only preach, will not be able to get enough signatures to put any candidates on THEIR OWN PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT! This law will ENTRENCH dodo birds like John McCain. Pro gun control, pro big government police state, someone who wants to arm muslim insurgents. AND I BET YOU VOTED FOR HIM BECAUSE HE'S A REPUBLICAN!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks @HEREWEGOAGAIN  that was well written, i have family that does the mail in ballots and i dont like those either. there are too many opportunities for those to be also screwed with(not saying they are, just saying they could be)

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @marcy  

And how is this being done??? How is anyone, removing restrictions and allowing anyone to vote? 

Be specific please with examples, verified examples of why and how voter fraud is so rampant (per your insinuation), I am really interested in exactly how the democrats are trying to allow anyone to vote and how they are trying to remove restrictions.

I can't wait to hear this story....

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @marcy valley, who was it that raised a stink about the new districts from the INDEPENDENT Redistricting Commission in AZ?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@valleynative @marcy The Democrats do NOT want to remove ". . . all restrictions and allow anybody who walks across the border to vote. . ."   That is a lie the Republicants tell themselves and anyone else who will listen.  The intention of cheating is in your question though.  Representatives in our government are supposed to reflect the views of the electorate - not a narrow self-interest like corporations in a certain industry.  There is practically ZERO voter fraud which looks like what you describe.  Voting by non-citizens is a canard meant to scare the idiots out there.  The real fraud is the restrictions against voting by real CITIZENS which the Republicants put into law when they are in power.  You are obviously a Republicant plant.  How much do they pay you to post your bilge water? 

jeanjb
jeanjb

@valleynative @marcy we cant get real citizens to vote,and there is no proof of voter fraud.......so you sound like the other dickheads!

see expert shot below!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative@Cozz 

" It's the Democrat motto, too"

Really? Lets see some proof of that, if you have any.

Meanwhile, we have recent proof of Republicans doing exactly what you claim of others. Remember these:

- Strategic Allied Consulting - fired by the RNC only after proof of them destroying voter registration forms of those people they were signing up who signed up democrat.

- Or how about Colin Small, a former employee of Strategic Allied Consulting, a contractor for the Republican Party of Virginia who was caught and charged with destroying democrat voter registrations

- Or how about the Republican voter fraud in Florida? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/20/dead-woman-florida-republican-voter-fraud_n_1990935.html

- Or how about the Nevada Republican who deliberately voted twice in one day at two different voting locations, all too 'test the system'.... yeah right...

-  or how about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM-sO31_2j4 - a wonderful video of a REPUBLICAN voter registrar saying that even though she is paid by the county at large and is supposed to collect registrations of ALL voters, is only collecting Republican ones.....

- Or how about the Republican legislators who tried to make it so that college students could not vote since they live in college DORM rooms

- Or how about the Republicans who tried throwing thousands of registered voters off the registrations less than 60 days prior to a national election? They could not have done it 6 months prior so people had reasonable time to be notified and prove the registration??? 


How many more exampled do you want?

I sure don't see democrats trying to do the above, and the others that I haven't listed, to the Republicans or to voters at large... That's all being done by Republicrooks


ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@valleynative @Cozz You are incorrect.  Democrats, when in power, do NOT change election laws to favor their incumbents like Republicants have shown in the last 13 years.  This behavior by the Republicants is a desparate attempt to remain in power when they do not represent a majority of the people of the State of Arizona, or the Nation.  

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

So you like McCain?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks that right there is probably the best reason i have seen yet to support this one (its a little late, granted, but still a good point)

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

A mostly conservative voter may vote for a Libertarian candidate instead of a "finish the dang fence" Republican. This law makes sure that doesn't happen. More Arpaio's, more McCain's, more Romney's, more political whores. I thought you were sick of those kinds running the show.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@jonnyquest hmm, I thought the last arpaio win was facilitated by an Independant candidate (Stauffer) who split the votes..

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@valleynative @Flyer9753 perfect example, valley.

Imagine the liquor department rep who walks into a bar and asks if any minors have tried to buy liquor, and the bartender says "I can't prove that any have, because I haven't been asking for ID". How do you think that would go over?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753  

hmm... The moon is going to impact on the earth!!! OMG!!! Let's spend a funch of time and resources to stop it, since we don't have to prove it's happening of course.

OMG!!! Their is an alien invasion on the way!!! We must defend ourselves!!! We don't know when they will get here, or if they are even on the way but you can't prove it's NOT happening therefore we have to do something about it!!!! 

OMG - the Sky is falling!!!! 

OMG - I think, with no proof whatsoever, that ValleyNative is insane and should be locked up for public safety - I can't prove it, I have no proof of it, but it's possible so we have to do it! I'm sure you would be fine with that right? After all, it's using your logic...

Nice to meet you Chicken Little

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 Are you 12 years old?  Debate like a grown up please, even if you do have trouble keeping up.

There is no information and can be no information because we're not allowed to ask for the information.

As I say, I'm sorry if you have trouble understanding that, but it's not my fault.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 Because we can't prove that it is NOT happening.   Are you really stupid enough to say that we shouldn't take steps to prevent bad things from happening until we can prove that it is happening?  

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative   btw - by your own logic and statements you don't know if it's happening or not, since per you, you can't track it.

So if you can't prove it's happening... why do we need the laws changed ????

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753  

No you did not, I asked for examples of what you claim happening, happening - you answered with a whine that you can't know if it's happening or not due to the laws... 

wah wah wah... others are able to do their own research and prove their claims, so why can't you? Too lazy to go out and find the information for yourself? Expect everyone else to do it for you or change the laws to do it for you even though you have no proof to justify those legal changes

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @valleynative I answered.  Sorry if you're incapable of understanding the answer.

You don't seem to understand the word "deflection".

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753  

Why don't you answer the question I asked you??? Why are you trying to deflect instead of answer? 

Probably because you have no proof there IS voter fraud, you know it and know you cannot give the proof you claim to have.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753 The design of the federal voter registration form doesn't allow the States to ask for proof of citizenship, as (nearly?) every State does on their own forms, and have been criticizing Republicans for trying to change that.

As I've said many times, if you're not allowed to ask for ID, you can't possibly prove whether there is or is not fraud.   Imagine the liquor department rep who walks into a bar and asks if any minors have tried to buy liquor, and the bartender says "I can't prove that any have, because I haven't been asking for ID".  How do you think that would go over?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@HaddieNuff  Your statement makes no sense.  In those cases where proof of citizenship is required there is not likely to be fraud.  In those cases where it is not required there can be no evidence.

HaddieNuff
HaddieNuff

@valleynative But the law requiring proof of citzenship was passed in 2004.  Surely if there is this massive number of non-citizens attempting to vote there would be some record of that in the past nine years. Yet Sec. Bennett testified last year that he had no evidence this was happening.

To Mr. Bennett's credit, he did expose a handful (nine in 2008) of people voting in multiple states, so I don't think it's something he's just ignored.   

http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/092512_voter_fraud/bennett-nine-new-cases-voter-fraud-arizona/

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@ExpertShot Using your logic, there are currently no Gays playing in the NFL or MLB, nor has there ever been. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753  Are you really so ignorant of politics that you think everybody falls neatly into one of two groups?

As a general rule, I favor the Republican candidate over a Democrat candidate, but not always, and would greatly prefer a chance to vote for somebody who I agreed with on more of the issues.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative@ExpertShot 

" I don't belong to any political party.  "

Bullshit, you may not formally belong to a political party, but you are clearly a republican follower... follower being the operative word

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ExpertShot @valleynative  No, that is absolutely NOT what the Supreme Court said.  They actually affirmed the right of the State to verify voting records after the fact (which is more expensive).  and no no, the county elections people are not really very capable of finding such fraud.  How would you imagine they would do that?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@valleynative @ExpertShot Then there is so little voter fraud of the kind you speak of, to make it negligible.  There are plenty of groups out there (including law enforcement) which are looking for voting fraud.  In additional, County Elections department personnel are VERY capable of rooting out such fraud.  You are posing a problem where there is none and that is what the Supreme Court said too.  It's a canard. You certainly have a republicant heart, I can tell that.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ExpertShot  Not only am I not  Republican plant, I'm not even a Republican.  I don't belong to any political party.  

As I said above, there can be no evidence of fraud if evidence of fraud is not allowed to be collected.  If you can't ask for proof of citizenship, how could you prove that some are not citizens?


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@jeanjb I'm getting tired of asking commenters to think.

How could there be proof of voter fraud when you're not allowed to ask whether they're citizens or not?  The lack of proof under these circumstances means nothing.

We absolutely CAN get real citizens to vote if they care enough.

If they don't care enough to vote, we shouldn't be wanting them to muddy the electoral process.  If you don't care enough to vote without coercion, it's very unlikely that you've bothered to think about the issues.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@valleynative @Cozz  

oh and BTW - Strategic was fired not once but TWICE, since they got fired for the same crap in the prior election cycle... but of course the Republicans re-hired them for this latest election cycle... 

way to go Republicans, re-hiring someone you know commits fraud and give them another chance for even more REPUBLICAN Voter Fraud

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ExpertShot Do you recall a time in Arizona when the Republicans were NOT in power?  The Democrats are just as bad in their own way when they're in charge.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@valleynative @ExpertShot You can't prove a negative so don't even try.  The fact is we have experience with the Republicants and they have shown us that when they get in power, they try to make a nanny state (abortion, marrriage, and other social issues) and ignore economic health of the middle class - OH, and try to bend the rules to stay in power because they know their policies SUCK!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ExpertShot Both parties have constantly changed election laws to favor the two major parties over outsiders.   We just don't have a lot of experience with Democrats being in power in Arizona.

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