For Immediate Release Contact: Sam Wercinski
Politicians and Bullies aim to block voters.
Advocacy Group helps Voters Get Ready to Vote.
Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group, is working to help voters exercise their right to vote, amidst a sea of barriers put in place by politicians and bureaucratic errors this election season. Last week, Arizona Advocacy Network uncovered the potential disenfranchisement of thousands of first-time voters because they had been placed on a “suspense” list created by the Arizona Secretary of State.
“Politicians are creating chaos and confusion for thousands of voters, targeting Americans who are young or of Latino heritage and first-time voters,” said Sam Wercinski, Executive Director of the AZAN Foundation. “Halloween arrived early in Arizona with politicians backed by Big Money providing trickery and confusion for citizens rather than treating Arizonans to free, fair and accessible elections.”
The Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation leads a statewide Voter Protection program with the One Arizona coalition and Common Cause Education Fund. The primary goal is to help voters find their correct poll location and meet the ID barriers to vote in person on November 6. Wercinski also states that volunteers are also trained how to respond to individuals trying to harass voters at the polls or disrupting the voting process.
Great concern remains surrounding voters who have been placed on a “suspense” list created by the secretary of state. These voters may still cast a ballot and have their vote counted and like all voters, they should follow these steps to ensure their vote is counted:
1. VOTE AT AN EARLY VOTING SITE before 5:00PM on November 3rd and avoid the ID barriers that exist to vote in person on November 6th. Call 866-OUR-VOTE or 888-VE-Y-VOTA for assistance if you encounter problems.
2. If one votes on November 6, find the correct polling location by calling 866-OUR-VOTE or 888-VE-Y-VOTA.
3. To vote on November 6, present any of the following forms of current identification at the correct polling place:
List 1: One form of photo identification that has the voter’s name and address as it appears on the voting rolls and a photograph (including Arizona driver’s license, Arizona non-operating identification license, Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification, or a valid United States federal state, or local government issued identification)
List 2: Two different non-photo IDs listing the name and address of the voter that matches the voter’s name and address on the voter rolls. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include:
- Utility bill of the voter that is dated within ninety days of the election
- Bank of credit union statement that is dated within ninety days of the election
- Valid Arizona vehicle registration
- Valid Arizona vehicle insurance card
- Indian census card
- Property tax statement of the voter’s residence
- Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
- Recorder’s Certificate
- Voter registration card
- Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification or mailing labeled as “official election material”
List 3: A valid photo ID with the name and address of the voter, but which does not match the name and address in the voter rolls, presented with one of the forms of non-photo ID in List 2 above.
Voters who are not aware of their correct polling location should call 866-OUR-VOTE or 888-VE-Y-VOTA. If an eligible citizen meets the ID restrictions but votes at the wrong poll location, their vote will NOT count. In 2008, over 40,000 Arizonans did not have their votes counted, primarily because they voted in the wrong location. In 2010, the current Secretary of State sent wrong poll locations to over 30,000 primary voters. Nearly 40% of voting sites change in Maricopa County every election. One third of poll locations have been closed in Pima County this year. Verify your poll location.
The outcome of several local, legislative, statewide and congressional races will be impacted by this large voting block being disproportionately impacted by the Secretary of State’s application and interpretation of the law. Voters who believe they should have received their ballot in the mail or are having problems with early voting or on Election Day can call a toll free hotline in English 866-OUR-VOTE or in Spanish 888-VE-Y-VOTA. Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation is operating a statewide voter protection program with the help of Common Cause Education Fund and other non-profit, non-partisan groups and volunteers. Individuals can sign up at 866OURVOTE.org.
Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation has a short video clip to help voters get ready to vote that can be found on their home page and on YouTube: