Friday, January 22, 2016

Democrats Protecting Arizona Elections

Rep. Ken Clark, D-Phoenix (District 24), and Senator Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), introduced a package of bills to fight the corrupting influence of dark money and protect voters’ access to ballots in Arizona elections.

The United States Supreme Court approved the disclosure of money in politics in the Citizens United opinion. The voters have a right to know who is funding elections. And Rep. Clark and Sen. Quezada want to make sure that happens. 

Democratic Election Legislation – 2016

SB1071/HB2095 independent expenditures; corporations; funding disclosures
Conforms the disclosure statement required by corporations to be the same as disclosure statements by political committees; clarifies that a corporation, labor union, or LLC that makes independent expenditures must file as a political committee if it accepts donations or contributions.

SB1069/HB2093 campaign finance disclosures; corporations; entities.
Requires independent expenditure committees to disclose three largest contributors, including corporations, LLCs and labor organizations (current law only requires the disclosure statement to include political committees).

SB1068/HB2092 foreign nonprofit corporations; foreign LLCs
Redefines “conduct affairs” and “transacting business” for corporations operating in Arizona to include an expenditure of monies for the purpose of influencing outcome of elections (this would require a corporation to register with the corporation commission before spending any money in this state to influence an election).

SB1072/HB2096 independent expenditures; corporations; unions; audit
Requires the Clean Elections Commission to conduct random audits of corporations, LLCs, and unions that make independent expenditures.

SB1079 voter registration deadlines; registration method
Allows for registration to vote on the 14th day before an election if the voter registers in person at the county recorder’s office or electronically through DMV, or on the 29th day before the election if the voter mails a registration form to the county recorder.

SB1074 voter identification; VA, student identification
Student IDs and VA IDs may be used as identification for voting in a polling place.

SB1073 voter registration; same day
Allows people to register to vote in the 28 days preceding any election if they meet requirements and vote provisional; limited to voting in federal races only.

SB1078 provisional ballots; verification; tally
If a voter votes at an incorrect polling precinct but completes the proper verification for registration, the voter’s provisional ballot will be counted for the races and ballot measures that voter was eligible to vote in by means of a duplicate ballot.

SB1076 provisional ballots; residence; partial tabulation
Allows for voters who move within the 29-day voter registration deadline will be able to vote on election day at their new precinct if their new address can be verified to be within that precinct; directs the Secretary of State to create a provisional ballot envelope for voters who refuse to go to the voter’s correct precinct.

SB1075 statewide voter registration portability
Allows for statewide voter registration portability. If a voter moves within Arizona (whether within the same county or to another county) and fails to re-register before election day, the voter will be able to vote a provisional ballot at a polling place. The provisional ballot envelope will provide a section for voters to write their old address in addition to their new one, which is currently required by law.

SB1078 provisional ballots; tally; verification
Requires counties to count votes cast on ballots in wrong precinct but only for items voter was eligible to vote for; directs the county recorder to create a duplicate ballot containing only those races for which the voter was eligible to cast a vote.

SB1080 early ballots; election day postmark
Require ballots postmarked on or before election day to be counted (current law requires the ballots to be received by 7:00 pm on election day in order to be counted).

SB1081 early ballots; signature problems; cure
Requires a notification to a voter whose early ballot is found invalid, and provides ten days after the election date for the voter to cure the defect of the early ballot.  If the voter corrects the early ballot, the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections must notify the voter if their ballot was verified and counted or not counted and the reason for not counting the ballot.

Number Pending: early ballots; precinct ballot box
Allow mail in ballots to be fed directly into the machines if they vote on election day, avoids signature issues.

HB2094 ballots; defects; notice and cure
Directs the county recorder to provide a method for notifying early voters if there is a defect in their ballot materials and allow the voters to attempt to cure the defect if their ballot was received on or before the Friday before the election.

HB2097 automatic voter registration; licenses; IDs
Automatically registers a person who is qualified to register to vote when that person completes an application for a driver’s license, license renewal, including a non-operating identification card, unless the applicant clearly expresses his decision not to register

HB2098 campaign finance; corporate recipients; registration
Requires corporations, LLCs and labor unions that make campaign contributions in specified amounts to a political committee or another corporation, LLC or labor union to register and notify the filing officer within one day after making the contribution; provides the requirements for the registration form; establishes a civil enforcement action for violations; provides a class 1 misdemeanor for a knowing violation

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