A couple days ago, we brought you the story of a completely fabricated wingnut outrage over a Latino man supposedly “caught” on video as he “stuffed a ballot box” in Arizona’s August primary. Except he wasn’t frauding anything at all.The man, Ben Marin (not “Marine” as a couple of other sites have spelled it), was delivering early ballots to the Maricopa County Elections Department on behalf of Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA). Arizona election law allows people to have anyone they want return their early ballots, and as we noted, Maricopa County Republican Party chair A.J. LaFaro, who pushed this “ballot stuffing” story into public attention, knows damned well this routine practice is perfectly legal.
Constantin Querard’s op-ed, “Why Clean Elections Days are Numbered” makes several claims that mislead readers and distract them from the viability and proven effectiveness of Arizona’s strongest anti-corruption law, the Citizens’ Clean Elections Act.Contrary to what he writes, Clean Elections was a reaction from Arizonans outraged by political scandal and officials selling out to powerful groups and donors.
Federal appeals judges expressed skepticism Monday over Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s argument that a federal commission must make voters who register using a federal registration form provide proof-of-citizenship documents required by state law.Kobach argued on behalf of Kansas and Arizona before the10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, in a case where the states are trying to force the federal government to add their requirements to federal vote registration forms mandated by the National Voting Rights Act, also known as the motor voter law.