The Arizona Legislature is proposing changes to election law intended to prevent a repeat of the problems visited on voters during the presidential preference election. Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, who waited in line for more than five hours to vote in the March 22 preference election, proposes new regulations that would:
- Require Maricopa County to provide at least one polling place for every 1,700 "active registered voters" for the presidential preference election. It defines active registered voters as those who are not on the permanent early-voting list and are eligible to vote in the presidential preference election as of Jan. 1.
- Allow a county recorder or officer in charge of the election to designate emergency polling places for presidential preference elections.
- Allow individuals to electioneer and engage in political activity, including posting signs outside a 75-foot limit, at facilities used as a polling place or voting center -- except those used in an emergency. Emergency locations do not have to allow electioneering or political activity on their property.The proposals are part of an amendment to House Bill 2017.
Arizonans are outraged that a member of the Latino / Chicano community and state lawmaker would vote against adding much needed vote polling places in the State of Arizona. After crying foul during the Arizona Presidential primary election regarding not having enough polling places, Arizona State Sen. Martin Quezada (a Bernie Sanders supporter) voted against adding more polling places yesterday.
"If U are standing in very long line to cast your ballot today, this is what @AZGOP's claimed imaginary voter suppression looks like #AZVotes."