Robert Graham’s slippery mailers irritate, alienate voters
A. J. LaFaro, immediate past chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC) calls into question the rationale of AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham spending tens of thousands of dollars on mailings and robo calls to registered Independents urging them to re-register as Republicans so they can vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Election on March 22, 2016.
The Presidential Preference Election is not a Primary Election. A preference election is the means by which Arizona voters aligned with a political party cast their ballot for the candidate they want their delegates to vote for at the National Convention. The state’s actual Primary Election takes place Aug. 30.
LaFaro, currently serving as National Director of the Arizona Republican Assembly, notes Graham’s efforts make no sense if you look at Arizona’s four previous Republican Preferential Preference Elections:
1. 2012 – 45.45% of registered Republicans voted (511,239 of 1,124,726)
2. 2008 – 51.98% of registered Republicans voted (541,767 of 1,042,294)
3. 2004 – No election because Bush was the incumbent
4. 2000 – 35.56% of registered Republicans voted (323,242 of 909,063)
LaFaro cites the Secretary of State’s website, which reports there were 1,107,108 registered Republicans as of July 1, 2015. Instead of wasting tens of thousands of dollars confusing and alienating Independent voters and the public, he asks why doesn’t Robert Graham and the AZ GOP reach out to all of Arizona’s Republicans and encourage them to get involved, stay involved and vote for the presidential candidate they prefer?
Makes sense to us.
Fox News 10 ran this report titled, Confusion surrounds AZ GOP election mailer. (Click link to view.)