PHOENIX, AZ – This morning the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee passed two bills that will limit voter participation; SB 1046 and SB 1072. Both of these bills have already received widespread criticism for their blatant attempt to hinder voters by implementing confusing and unnecessary burdens.
This legislative session is shaping up to be a battle over voting rights in Arizona. Following an election that delivered the largest House Democratic Caucus since 1966, Arizona Republicans are now attempting to attack voters and citizen participation. In stark contrast, Democrats have introduced an agenda that seeks to push for more accessibility and voter participation.
|Republican Bills:||Democratic Bills:|
|SB 1032: on-site early voting; identification required||HCR 2015: conduct of elections; voters’ rights|
|SB 1046: early voting list; mailing ballot||HB 2209: early ballot collection; limitations; repeal|
|SB 1072: early voting centers; identification required||HB 2212: ballot measure circulators; challenges|
|SB 1090: emergency voting procedures; board action||HB 2215: automatic voter registration; licenses; IDs|
|HB 2130: voter registration; inactive voters; removal||HB 2216: voter registration same day|
|HB 2163: poll workers; party observers|
“Unfortunately, bills like these are nothing new for Arizona Republicans. Instead of asking hard questions about the issues and values Arizonans share, they continue to work to pass laws that restrict voting and make it more difficult to cast a ballot. It’s clear Republicans are more interested in holding on to their seats than supporting a free and open democratic process.” – Charlie Fisher, Arizona DLCC Executive Director