Civic Engagement Organizations to Demand Real Solutions to Update and Secure Voter Registration

For Immediate Release
CONTACTS:
Samantha Pstross, Arizona Advocacy Network, Samantha@AZadvocacy.org 480-619-3911
Shirley Sandelands League of Women Voters Arizona, Shirsande@gmail.com 520-465-1785

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton Joins Civic Engagement Organizations to Demand
Real Solutions to Upgrade and Secure Voter Registration
Advocacy Groups and Elected Officials Call to Protect the Right
to Vote For All Eligible Arizonans.

PHOENIX -- Mayor Greg Stanton will join the Arizona Advocacy Network, One Arizona, the League of Women Voters, Community Leaders and elected officials as they assemble on Monday morning to speak out against the attempt to criminalize voter registration and election volunteers and also to propose real solutions to create a modernized and more secure Elections System for Arizona. House Bill 2023, Sponsored by Michelle Ugenti-Rita. HB2023 would make anyone who volunteers to collect voter’s ballot for delivery to election officials a class 6 felon, punishable by up to one year of jail time and a fine of $150,000, while offering nothing to make Arizona’s elections process more secure. HB2023 in essence, purports to solve a problem that doesn’t exist in the first place. Voting rights advocates assert that positive solutions like Automatic Voter Registration, increased accessibility and awareness of alternatives to election deadlines, such as Early Voting, will eliminate the potential for fraud and help move Arizona toward a modern and more efficient Election Administration system. These 'Upgrades' will enhance security, and increase accuracy, allowing the state of Arizona to leap forward to a time when talk of fraud and voter suppression is long past. The time has come to focus on real solutions which will modernize the procedures and upgrade the protocols within the Election Administration System to ensure all eligible Arizonans participate in our elections, that all ballots are counted, and that the voice of NO citizen is silenced again. Ever.  

What: Press Conference on Modernizing Arizona's Elections System

When: 11 a.m. Monday, February 1

Where: Arizona State Capitol, Rose Garden

Who: Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Arizona League of Women Voters, Arizona Advocacy Network, Arizona Education Association, One Arizona,  Maricopa County Board Supervisor Steve Gallardo, Representative Ken Clark, Senator Martin Quezada 

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About AZAN: Arizona Advocacy Network works for electoral justice, political rights and full civic participation to achieve government of, by and for the People. Our work includes: strengthening Arizona's Clean Elections system; advocating for full, immediate disclosure of all campaign contributions; promoting anti-corruption and conflict of interest laws including gift bans; guarding voting rights, voter registration and election integrity; defending Arizona’s judicial merit selection system, and protecting Arizona's ballot initiative and referendum processes. Learn more at www.AZadvocacy.org