Legislative Wrap Up

 Not a single anti-clean elections bill survived!

117 days in session, with 1247 bills posted, 388 bills passing both houses, and 374 bills signed into  law, the 52nd Legislative Session ended on Saturday, May 7th after an all-nighter at 5:45 am

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Arizona Advocacy's Roast of Congressman Ruben Gallego

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2016


Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Advocacy Network, Arizona’s premier citizens’ rights advocacy organization, is excited to announce the details of its 2016 signature event, the Arizona Advocacy Roast of Congressman Ruben Gallego.

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The Arizona Clean and Accountable Elections Act

The Clean and Accountable Elections Act is a new ballot measure filed on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. This act is designed to curtail private campaign donations, limit the influence of lobbyist, increase transparency, strengthen Arizona’s public-campaign finance system, and empower the Clean Elections Commission to oversee campaign finance laws. 

Below is a summary of what people are saying about the new ballot measure.

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New Initiative Launches to Give Everyday People a Bigger Voice in Elections

Phoenix, Ariz.—The Arizona Clean and Accountable Elections Act was filed with the Secretary of State’s office today to give everyday people a bigger voice in politics by strengthening the Clean Elections system and increasing transparency and accountability in our elections. Signature gathering for the initiative will begin immediately.

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Civil Rights and Civic Groups Urge State and Local Election Officials to Take Corrective Action Following Election Crisis in Arizona on March 22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 30, 2016

Letters Sent to State and Local Election Officials Urge Adoption of Election Administration Plan and Other Actions to Address Long Lines and Disenfranchisement During Primary Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to long lines, disenfranchisement and other barriers faced by voters during the presidential preference election last week in Arizona, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and local partners have issued letters outlining immediate corrective actions that must be taken by Arizona election officials in advance of any future election in the state. Arizona is a state that was formerly covered by the Section 5 preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act, a law that helped to block and deter discriminatory and burdensome voting changes. This year marks the first presidential election cycle in more than 50 years conducted without the full protections of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...

“When voters don't have reasonable access to voting, they are being denied the right to vote.” – Samantha Pstross, Executive Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network

Yesterday’s special Elections Committee focused on last week’s election fiasco, but it was abruptly adjourned to go to the House Floor. Rep. Ken Clark invited everyone to watch the floor vote on a bill that will have painful lasting effects on our election system for decades to come, SB1516 – Campaign Finance Overhaul. He wrote an excellent piece on this drastic bill. When lawmakers saw the crowd, they decided to pull SB1516 off the agenda. However, it will most likely go back for a final vote sometime this week. 

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ACTION ALERT: Last Chance to Stop Campaign Finance Overhaul

UPDATE: Yesterday, an in-depth poll revealed that 70% of Arizona voters oppose SB1516 and 84% said they would be less likely to vote for someone who supported SB1516. 

On Monday, the House of Representatives will be voting on SB1516. This is our last chance to tell our lawmakers to RESPECT VOTERS AND OPPOSE SB1516. Please contact your representative and other representatives TODAY.

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Diverse Coalition Opposes Latest Legislative Power Grab

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       

March 23, 2016;

Contacts: 

Samantha Pstross, Samantha@AZadvocacy.org, (480) 619 – 3911

Sandy Bahr, sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org, (602) 999-5790

 

PHOENIX – Today a coalition of diverse organizations, including Arizona Advocacy Network, Sierra Club, Humane Society of the United States, Arizona Education Association, Animal Defense League of Arizona, League of Women Voters Arizona, Humane Voters of Arizona, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, AZ Alliance for Retired Americans, Arizona AFL-CIO, Arizona Education Association – Retired, AFSCME, and SEI Arizona, called on the Arizona Legislature to oppose two bills that would eviscerate the voter protection provisions of the Arizona Constitution.

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ACTION ALERT: Yesterday's Fiasco

Yesterday, thousands of Arizonans waited in line for hours to vote in the Presidential Preference Election. Maricopa County, the most populous and active voting county, reduced their number of polling locations from 200 in 2012 to only 60! The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, in coordination with Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, made this decision to cut corners in order to save money.

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#STOP1516

ACTION ALERT: THE END OF ELECTIONS AS WE KNOW IT

This is it - the dark money bill that will entirely rewrite campaign finance law in AZ is about to be made law and will change elections in Arizona as we know it. WE NEED YOU TO HELP US FIGHT BACK.

WE ARE URGING ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS TO TELL SECRETARY REAGAN, IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO #STOP1516.  

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Advocacy Groups and Elected Officials Call For End to Ballot Blocking Bills

For Immediate Release                                                                         
February 4, 2016
 
Samantha Pstross, Arizona Advocacy Network, Samantha@AZadvocacy.org480-619-3911
Shirley Sandelands, League of Women Voters Arizona, shirsande@gmail.com520-465-1785
 
Advocacy Groups and Elected Officials Call For End to Ballot Blocking Bills
Coalition Demands Real Solutions to Update and Secure Voter Registration
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Arizona Advocacy Network Leadership Transition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            
CONTACT: Samantha Pstross
602-297-2500/ Samantha@AZadvocacy.org 

 

Sam Wercinski Kelley launches New Progressive Radio Program
Samantha Pstross to lead Arizona Advocacy Network and Foundation
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People Who Turn In Ballots For Others Would Be Felons Under Arizona Legislation

By Griselda Nevarez, for Phoenix New Times

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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.
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Center for Investigative Reporting: AZ: 22nd in Nation for Government Transparency, Accountability

By Evan Wyloge, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting

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