The word making the rounds is that there could be consequences for not signing HB 2826. The bill, which modifies state statute relates to consolidation of election dates. It was sent to Gov. Jan Brewer on April 30. She has yet to sign it.
We hear she is being lobbied strongly by union affiliates to veto the measure. It is also known she wants to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention, to be held in Tampa, Florida Aug. 27 – 30 where the Republican presidential candidate will be nominated. For that to happen, Brewer has to be elected at the Arizona Republican Party State Convention this Saturday, May 12.
Emails are circulating urging those who are voting delegates or alternates at the State Convention to notify the Governor and her office that if she does not sign HB 2826 prior to the convention, they will actively lobby against her election and the election of any slate she is on as a delegate to the National Convention.
Valley cities oppose this bill since their elections usually revolve on low voter participation and heavy union involvement. Teachers, firefighters and police unite on Election Day with other city workers to ensure liberals who advance their causes are elected. Witness the Phoenix mayor’s elections as an example. Former Mayor Philly Gordon and the newly elected Greg Stanton both have close union ties.
Consolidating city elections with other regularly scheduled elections makes perfect sense, would be cost effective and involve more citizens in the process. Isn’t that the point?
To encourage the governor’s vote for HB 2826, give her a call: Phoenix Office: (602) 542-4331, Tucson Office: (520) 628-6580, or 1-800-253-0883 (outside Maricopa County only)
Read HB 2826 here.