Dozens of state and local elected officials, community groups and concerned citizens are speaking out against HB2023, saying that criminalizing the third-party collection and submission of early ballots is an attempt to keep minorities, the poor and the elderly from voting.
Dozens Oppose Ballot Collection Bill
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo says that, instead, we need legislation to help make it easier for people to vote.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says this bill purports to solve a problem that does not exist and would turn patriots into criminals, disenfranchising thousands of Arizona’s most vulnerable voters.
State Senator Martin Quezada says this bill has come up year after year and is a naked political ploy by its supporters to win elections and that a better way to improve the voter registration process would be to pass a bill he is sponsoring to automatically register voters when they get a driver’s license.
HB2023 supporters say it would prevent early ballot “harvesters” from discarding those they don’t like though that is already a crime.