Why was HB 2305 supported by EVERY county recorder in the State of Arizona? [Most of whom are Democratic.]
During the 2012 Presidential election cycle, Arizonan’s witnessed a provisional ballot debacle.
On November 6, 2012, AZ Family interviewed the Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell who is in charge of elections for the county. They write:
According to Purcell, people who had requested and received early voting ballots in the mail were asked to cast
provisional ballots if they showed up at polling places in order to avoid double counting votes. She also said registered voters who showed up at the polls with the wrong forms of identification had to cast provisional ballots.
Purcell estimated that 75,000 provisional ballots were cast in Maricopa County. In addition to that, she said about 100,000 early voting ballots were dropped off at polling places or arrived in the mail on Tuesday. She said counting of mail-in and provisional ballots would start Wednesday afternoon.
“Every ballot that can be counted, will be counted,” said Purcell, trying to ease the fears of some people who were complaining or worried that their provisional ballots didn’t hold as much weight as regular ballots.
According to Purcell, it could take election officials 10 days to count the roughly 175,000 early and provisional ballots, meaning close races could take days to call. Election results will be updated every day at 5:00pm.
Purcell also clarified the rules for several polling places around the Valley that still had lines as of the 7:00pm polling deadline. She said anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. is eligible to cast a ballot. People arriving in line after the 7:00 pm cutoff are not able to vote.
Could this be remedial action in light of the 2012 outcry from Citizens for Better Arizona (CBA) and their criticisms of Helen Purcell?
New America Media states:
Of the 400,000 ballots yet to be counted, about 300,000 are early ballots that could have been turned in on Election Day or a few days before; and more than 115,000 are provisional ballots, according to a press release issued by the recorders office late Wednesday.
… Volunteers from Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA), spearheaded by activist Randy Parraz, and other groups are calling on Democrat Paul Penzone to retract his concession that Arpaio won the sheriff’s race until all votes are counted.
In this June 13, 2013 Arizona legislature video you can see here, Arizona Sen. Kim Yee says [at 36:15 minute mark of video]:
“We had testimony in the house where individuals came forward and indicated they were asked how they voted in the early ballots. When they (organizers collecting votes) found out how they voted and if it went against their wishes they (organizers collecting votes) would not turn in their early ballots.”
Sounds like something reminiscent of the ACORN controversies a few election cycles ago, doesn’t it?
The bottom line: The bill was voted for last minute and more than likely it will be supported by Arizona Jan Brewer because there was a large debacle over this issue during the November 2012 elections …. the outcry was great enough last year that now HB2305 is our consequence. Now if we can make sure Purcell is sure to include the right election day on the Spanish version of the ballots…
Listen to the HB2305 bill video below: