|For Immediate Release
(Phoenix, AZ) A new provision in Arizona Secretary of State’s proposed Elections Procedure Manual appears to be an attempt to change Arizona’s precinct based voting model. The provision requires counties that utilize assigned polling places for election day to duplicate and count votes for the races in which the voter was eligible to cast a vote (Chapters 8,9,10). Under current law, if a voter attempts to vote in a precinct in which they are not a voter, elections officials direct them to the proper voting location. This new procedure would change that.
“Katie Hobbs is trying to run an end around current Arizona election laws,” said Dr. Kelli Ward, Chairwoman, Republican Party of Arizona. “Our precinct based voting model is codified in state law, and it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in their recent Brnovich vs DNC decision. It would turn every precinct polling place into a de-facto voting center. That is clearly not legislative intent. Precinct based voting is essential to election integrity.”
The Republican Party of Arizona made a public comment to the Secretary of State’s office and sent letters to both the Governor and the Attorney General expressing this concern.
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