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.
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”