The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is the constitutional right to vote given to all citizens aged 18 years and over. In 2020, there were many questions about the election system, and conservatives are accused of being “election deniers.” However, the 2022 election also showed problems with the election system in Arizona. The 2022 mid-term election was held on November 8, but the election in Arizona has not yet been certified.
Peter Parisi at The Daily Signal recently claimed that it was time for Arizona to get
its act together IF the state “is genuinely interested in enacting much-needed
state election reforms.” He suggested that Term-limited outgoing Arizona Gov.
Doug Ducey, a Republican, should call a lame-duck special session of the
Legislature for the sole purpose of enacting voting reforms before the
presumptive governor-elect, Democrat Katie Hobbs, can take office on Jan. 2”
because it will not get done by her administration.
the present time, Hobbs leads Republican “Kari Lake by 0.6 of 1%, or 17,150 votes,
out of more than 2.55 million counted.” Although the news media called the
election for Hobbs, Lake has not yet conceded. In fact, Lake has filed a
lawsuit or two against the Maricopa County election board. In addition, Arizona
Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright notified Maricopa County’s top
election officials that she wanted detailed reports on why there were so many
problems with voting on election day.
the State of Florida had problems counting the “hanging chads” during the 2000 presidential
election, Florida reworked their election laws. In 2022, Florida had several
times more votes to count than did Arizona, but Florida had their votes counted
and reported about five hours after the polls closed. Thus, Florida could probably
give Arizona some help in reworking election laws. Parisi stated that any “election-reform
legislative package should include some combination of the following:
1. Increase the severity of punishment for
the inherently corrupt practice of ballot-harvesting, which is currently only a
Class 6 felony, the least severe type of felony in the state.
2. Eliminate all ballot drop boxes, which
were supposedly intended to accommodate a one-time emergency, the COVID-19
pandemic, and never meant to be a permanent feature of the electoral
3. Require photo identification.
(Currently, there are too many alternative forms of ID allowed, many not
requiring a photo.)
4. Significantly shorten the window for
early voting, which currently begins in Arizona 27 days before Election Day.
Election Day should be just that, not Election Month. Early voting shouldn’t run
for more than a week, because the longer the period is, the more time there is
5. Eliminate so-called Active Early Voting
List mail-out ballots, which allows voters to sign up for a mail ballot to
automatically be sent to them for every election. That’s a prescription for
ballots to be mailed to voters who have moved or died, which creates an opening
for orphaned ballots to be filled out and returned by someone else.
6. Sharply curtail most mail-in and
absentee-voting options, except where they have traditionally been used, such
as when the voter is out of town or ill. They should not be allowed merely for
convenience. (France banned voting by mail in 1975 because of its propensity
7. Require the last four digits of a
voter’s Social Security number or the serial number of the voter’s driver’s
license or state-issued voter-ID card as a safeguard on allowed absentee
ballots, rather than just signature-matching, which is at best an art and not a
science. Matching Social Security and state ID numbers would also be much
faster and more accurate.
8. Require by law a sitting secretary of
state running for reelection or for another office to recuse himself or herself
from election supervision. Lake repeatedly called on Secretary of State
Hobbs to do so during the campaign, citing conflict of interest, but
indefensibly, she refused to do so.
Hobbs will not
rework the election process, but Lake promises to do so if the election turns
in her favor. Whoever eventually becomes the Governor of Arizona, they need to
do something. The residents of Arizona and the citizens of the United States
deserve better treatment that currently happens in Arizona.