Chairman Robert Graham Thanks Rep. Ugenti-Rita, Rep. Kern, and Numerous Other Supporters For Protecting Voting Rights with HB2023
PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party urged support for HB2023, a bill to prevent the practice of ballot harvesting in Arizona’s elections. Ballot harvesters worked in the 2012 and the 2014 elections to canvass neighborhoods and collect voted ballots, creating an opportunity for fraud, intimidation, and even the denial of voting rights if they were not turned in before the voting deadline.
Voters in those state elections have complained that strangers knocked on their doors and asked for their ballots.
“Those in attendance at a recent hearing on this bill heard about the problem of ballot harvesting and saw the impact their story made on legislators, thanks to the passionate case we made against the progressive leftists who are using ballot harvesting to manipulate the election,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “I thank Rep. Ugenti-Rita as the lead sponsor of this bill to restore integrity to our elections, and for her bringing together a broad group of stakeholders. Their selfless dedication reminds me of what Presidents Truman and Reagan used to say: that you can accomplish a lot when you don’t care too much about who gets the credit.”
“I’m grateful to Chairman Graham for his help leading the charge with the grassroots and general public,” said Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita. “Graham’s community engagement work led to a more diversified public hearing of stakeholders in favor of ending ballot harvesting.”
The bill banning ballot harvesting and imposing strict penalties passed the Arizona House of Representatives last week and is being considered by the Arizona Senate. Sergio Arellano, First Vice Chairman of the Pima County Republican Party, testified in support of the bill and the negative impact that ballot harvesting has on minority communities.
The summary and status of the bill is here: