Ballot harvesting alive and well in AZ despite law

New law intended to provide voters with a sense of confidence in the integrity of the voting system not being enforced by county or state election officials

The Arizona legislature passed HB 2023 this last session. It came in response to the practice of election fraud known as ‘ballot harvesting.’ Passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey March 9, 2016, it makes the practice of knowingly collecting voted or unvoted ballots from another person a Class 6 Felony. Specific exceptions are written into the bill. In signing the bill into law, Ducey said:

“Voting is a key pillar of our democracy. This bill ensures a secure chain of custody between the voter and the ballot box. We join 18 other states in this common sense approach to maintaining the integrity of our elections.”

Now we learn that Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell has declared that neither elections officials nor poll workers will enforce the ballot harvesting ban lawmakers approved earlier this year. Secretary of State Michele Reagan is also taking a pass on ensuring ballot integrity, an issue on which she based her campaign (video) as she ran for Secretary of State. Both women have chosen to flagrantly ignore the law. 

 Read more and watch the video in the Arizona Daily Independent.

Republican Aaron Flannery is challenging incumbent Maricopa County Reorder Helen Purcell in the Primary Election currently underway with early balloting. Election Day is Aug. 30. Purcell has held the office for nearly three decades.  Take time to look over his impressive bio.

Seeing Red AZ has previously covered this crucial issue in these posts:

March 10, 2016: AZ Gov. Ducey signs ballot harvesting / felony bill

Feb. 9, 2016:   AZ GOP Chair Robert Graham’s ballot harvesting amnesia

Oct. 28, 2014:   Democrats engage in voter fraud, ‘ballot harvesting’

March 13, 2012:  Voter fraud? “We’re not the police”

13 Responses to Ballot harvesting alive and well in AZ despite law

  1. Longtime GOP PC says:

    WHAT? Who the hell do Helen Purcell and Michele Reagan think they are to disregard the law that was put in place to keep the election process trustworthy and accountable? That they are both Republicans is embarrassing. Such tactics are what I would expect from liberals. I’m fuming mad. Aaron Flannery has been a regular at my district meeting. He’s got my vote.

  2. East Valley Conservative says:

    Thank former Maricopa County Republican Chairman AJ LaFaro for bringing this issue front and center. His video of the results of ballot harvesting is included in a link in the March 10 post above, but I’m taking the liberty of adding it here for all to see what this is all about.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Stop the McCancer and all his malignant tumors.

  4. MacBeth says:

    What disappointments these two are! I will never give either of them my vote again. Reagan’s not on the ballot this cycle, but Purcell is. How dare she unilaterally decide what laws she will enforce? When was she elected dictator?

  5. State Delegate says:

    There is an appalling arrogance that all too often overtakes entrenched politicians. We currently see it with both Helen Purcell and Michele Reagan. These two women are entrusted with maintaining voter integrity and are failing us miserably. Purcell is running for her eighth term and Reagan was previously in the AZ House and Senate. I hope other conservatives will join me in supporting Aaron Flannery for Maricopa County Recorder.

    When Michele Reagan is up for reelection, she needs to go, also. In Arizona, the Secretary of State is next in the line of succession if the governor cannot serve. We’ve had more than a few governors who came through that unexpected route. People think of this office as a sleeper job. It’s not. Statewide power is a heartbeat or impeachment away.

  6. Hunter says:

    Just for kicks, check out the age of the oldest person voting in past elections. Unless things have gotten cleaned up or harvesters have gotten cleverer, you will likely find the oldest person allegedly alive in the entire world. I recall looking at some voter data many years ago and seeing a 128 year old voter. I thought it was a mistake in century of date of birth, but then I found others who were 110-117. Old voters never die, they just get harvested.

    Of course, this law can be difficult to enforce if someone collects ballots and dumps them or posts them in a nearby mailbox. However, a County Recorder should be able to work with the Post Office to identify suspicious activity that merits an investigation.

  7. Conservative Since Birth says:

    SRAZ: Appreciate this information. I’m voting for Aaron Flannery. Helen Purcell, like John McCain, has been around too long and neither of them is very effective anymore.

  8. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Mike Pence Declines to Endorse John McCain – NBC News
    http://www.nbcnews.com/card/mike-pence-declines-endorse-john-mccain-n623051

    Sounds good to me.

    • Saguaro Sam says:

      However, Mike Pence DID whole-heartedly endorse Paul Ryan.
      Called him a good friend.

    • PV PC says:

      That lack of a McCain endorsement from Pence must have ticked off his Arizona chum John Shadegg who is also an McEstablishment, open borders guy. Shadegg’s son works for McCain. The old geezer’s a family industry.

  9. VINOAZ says:

    Only persons with skin in the game should be able to vote. Own property and/or pay income taxes. Those getting a free ride should not be able to tell us who gets elected.

  10. Saguaro Sam says:

    Don’t go. . . . . .anywhere:
    There is an outbreak of Crytosporidium in Maricopa County.
    At least 5 “recreational water facilities” are contaminated.
    Be advised that routine chlorination will NOT kill Crypto.
    Also be aware that Maricopa County Dept of Health will NOT release the names of the “recreational water facilities” that they know for sure are contaminated.

    Thanks, once again to public servants for collecting your paycheck while Not protecting the public.
    Perhaps getting the word out that Maricopa County Dept of Health is NOT getting the word out will force their hand.

    Also, there is a Hepatitis A outbreak on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, and on several other islands. Hep A is a virus that may not show symptoms for up to two weeks after taking up residence in a host. By then, potentially hundreds of people may have come into contact with an infected person.
    We know for sure that several restaurants on Oahu, as well as certain American Airline flights from Hawaii to California and Las Vegas have been identified as having employees who are sick and who are carriers.

    The last time that there was a big outbreak of Hep A on the Hawaiian islands was in 2013, when it was finally discovered that pomegranates imported from Turkey were contaminated.
    (good ole Turkey, spreading their crap everywhere)

    While the Gov in Florida has given the OK to use airplanes to conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes, and will also release thousands of bats to devour the mosquitoes, what could possibly go wrong?

    Take good care.

  11. azcatsclaw says:

    Pima County (big surprise) also intends to ignore the law