The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Integrity of Election Process Should Transcend Party
AND Flawed Policy
The League of Women Voters of Arizona is speaking out in support of Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes and his recent actions to rectify the status of citizens whose State voter registration forms were consigned for years, in some cases, to a box in a County warehouse, although their citizenship status could have been confirmed through a simple check with the MVD.
The League applauds the May 4 The Arizona Republic's editorial stating that ". . . the integrity of the election process transcends party. (Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes) is right that his job is about facilitating voter access to the polls, not blocking it. Those from across the political spectrum should be willing to become allies in this effort."
Robyn Prud'homme-Bauer, Co-President of the non partisan LWVAZ, said that "The right of every citizen to vote has always been a basic right supported by the League of Women Voters. We have been in the forefront of all organizations using public education, advocacy and litigation to ensure that every citizen's right to vote is protected and that voting procedures and systems are consistent, efficient, accurate and aimed at the goal of ensuring the right to vote."
Mr. Fontes has said that as many as 17,000 citizens who thought they'd registered to vote were disenfranchised. But no matter the numbers," said Ms. Prud'homme-Bauer, "a cross-check against the MVD database is a common-sense and vital procedure, since that database includes all those who produced citizenship ID in order to get a driver's license or state identification card. This is done for those using the federal voter registration form, so why not the state? The law should be clarified to include such a cross-check."
She also urged the Secretary of State's office to review and revise the Voting Procedures Manual to ensure that the procedures expand voting rights for all and said that the League stands ready to continue to work with the office as well as all County Election Officials and Recorders to help achieve that goal as it has in the past.
Susan Penner, the 2017 recipient of the 'You Make A Difference Award' receiving award from 2016 winner, John Kohl at the LWVNWMC Annual Meeting April 14th, 2017
The following link is to a hearing on the California aid in dying bill, which is worth watching. It is a little over an hour long, but both sides of the issue are very well presented.