Voting Right & Election Reform
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  • Proof of Citizenship for Voter Registration

    A consent decree agreed to by the Arizona Secretary of State and Maricopa County Recorder (which will apply to other county recorders) will allow the following…
    A. State Form voter registration applications and Federal Form applications will now be treated the same! In other words, if no proof of citizenship is provided with a State Form Application, the form WILL NOT be rejected. The Motor Vehicle database will now automatically be checked to see if the applicant has a driver’s license or state ID, for which proof of citizenship was already provided, and if so, they will be registered to vote. If NO license/ID is found, then that person will still be registered to vote, but ONLY for federal candidates.
    Federal Form Applications — which do not require proof of citizenship — were already being checked against MVD records, with applicants being registered as “full ballot” voters if a driver’s license/ID was found.

    B. Subject to the availability of a new voter registration database currently being developed (by July 1, 2020), proof of citizenship will be “attached” to a voter’s record so that it will NOT need to be provided again if that person moves to another county within the state of Arizona.
    More info HERE
    Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship to vote was struck down this week as unconstitutional by a federal district judge. The judge determined that the basis for the law — wide-spread voter fraud — was not sufficiently proven, and she said the requirement in an unnecessary burden on some citizens (in violation of the 14th Amendment). The LWV of Kansas was one of the plaintiffs. The Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, will appeal the ruling. Arizona is now the only state requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration.

  • Supreme Court Decisions

    A. Gerrymandering: The good news: the Court has provided some guidance for the future. Gil er al v Whitford (Wisconsin): Using a new mathematical process that results in a measurement call the “efficiency gap,” to compare a party’s wasted voted across all districts in the state, the 12 plaintiffs charged that votes of those in their party were “wasted” statewide, beyond constitutional standards, due to district “packing” and “cracking.” In the unanimous decision, plaintiffs did not prevail because they could not adequately show an individual and personal injury int he specific districts where they themselves live. The is allowed to go back to the trial court and plaintiffs will plaintiff will likely file to do so. Justice Kagan did provide hope for a future state-wide claim. A political party might bring a case based on a first amendment right of association, i.e. an assertion that gerrymandering may provide an unconstitutional obstacle to a party’s candidates having a fair change at winning elections. A case on these grounds is already brewing in North Carolina.

    B. Ohio Voter Rolls Purge: Five of 9 Supreme Court Justices uphold Ohio’s process for purging its voter rolls.
    The state may continue to remove what it considers outdated voter registration after someone does not vote for a total of 6 years, and also does not respond to a postcard mailed to their address on file. The prevailing opinion was that this in not a violation of the National Voters Registration Act and the Help America Vote Act because the people are not being removed for failure to vote, but rather for failure to return the pre-paid postcard.
    The effect of the ruling may be a disenfranchisement of thousands of voters, but also that other states may now follow with similar rules and procedures. The Ohio governor and other governmental officials state protection from voter fraud as their motivation.
    Real Data of Voter Fraud

  • Ranked Choice Voting

    When elections are between more than 2 candidates, The League of Women Voters supports ranked choice voting as an election system that is less expensive to run (because is an all-in-one election), should encourage more civility in debates and more moderate candidates, eliminates wasted votes and ensure a majority winner.

    Maine used ranked-choice voting (RCV) in it’s June 13th primaries for statewide elections. It was the first time in the nation that a state used a ranked-choice voting system. And during that primary election, voters voted to keep the system in the future.

Empowering Voters
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  • AZ Voter Crisis Event

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    Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy
    July 17, 2018
    10:00am - 11:30am
    Where: Westward Ho, Concho Room (first floor)
    618 N. Central Ave
    Paid parking is available on East Fillmore & Central Ave

    Report: Arizona voter crisis prompts new project to better educate and engage citizen participation. While many potential voters care deeply about local and state issues, 45% of citizens of voting-age population did not vote in the last election. This report identifies reasons why only a little more than half of Arizona registered voters are casting ballots. Key research finding will be presented, followed by a panel discussion moderated by KJZZ’s Mark Brodie.

  • Save Our Schools Sticker Drive Thru!

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    Stickers for Schools

    #NoProp305 removable vehicle stickers are in!! Drive through the PBM parking lot for FREE sticker. Weather proof window writing is also available with your favorite pro-public schools phrase like, #RedForEd, #NoProp305, Protect Public Ed, Strong Schools Strong State or any other phrase advocating for public schools. Donations are very welcome, but not required.

    This is the parking lot of the UFCW Building!

  • 2020 Census Emergency!

    2020 Census Action Needed!!

    The Census Bureau is accepting public comments on its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The LWV vehemently opposes this measure, believing it will jeopardize fair redistricting and the determination of the allocation of resources. Also, the call for the citizenship question is anti-immigrant in nature and will further instill fear, preventing immigrants from participating fully in the Census count.

    Comments are accepted until August 7, 2018.

    Follow the link below to submit your comments.

    Read how SCOTUS got it wrong on Ohio’s voter purge efforts

    Washington, DC and Columbus, Ohio - Today, the Supreme Court ruled against Ohio voters by upholding the state’s purging practice for those voters who did not vote in a single election in the case of Husted v. A. Phillip Randolph Institute.

    “The Supreme Court got this one wrong.” The right to vote is not ‘use it or lose it’,” said Chris Carson, League of Women Voters US President. “The public trust in the fairness of our elections is badly shaken. This decision will fuel the fire of voter suppression across the country who want to make sure their chosen candidates win re-election - no matter what the voters say.”

    The League of Women Voter (US), the League of Women Voters Ohio, and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law previously filed a friend of the court brief in the case, arguing the the state’s purge process which could be initiated after a voter missed a single federal election, violated the Nation Voter Registration Act. Ohio’s voter purge practice kept hundreds of thousands of eligible registered voters from participating in the 2016 elections.

    “Not only did Ohio voters not find justice today, but the high court has opened up the opportunity for extreme voter purge to continue in Ohio, which could spread to other states,” said Jen Miller, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. “Today’s decision further undermines the National Voter Registration Act’s protections for duly registered voters, which will increase voter confusion and provisional ballot counts in the fall. We encourage all Ohio voters to confirm their registration ahead of this fall’s elections and to join the League as volunteers register and re-register eligible voters.”

    “While this is disappointing, Ohio is one of only a few states that used failure to vote as a trigger for kicking someone off the roles,” said Myrna Pérez, Director of the Voting Rights and Elections Project at the Brennan Center for Justice. “Our worry is that other states will take this decision as a green light to implement more aggressive voter purges as the 2018 elections loom.”

    “A democracy is stronger when every voice can be heard - when every eligible voter can cast their vote and have it counted,” Carson said. “The League of Women Voters will continue to fight for voting rights, for equality at the ballot box, and equal representation in government.”

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