FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2021 | Contact: Prudence Robertson, firstname.lastname@example.org (240) 672-2828
Washington, D.C. –H.B. 2905, legislation helping ensure fair, transparent, and secure Arizona elections, was advanced by the state legislature, and is now headed to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk to be signed. The bill was initially vetoed in May.
Introduced by Representative Jake Hoffman (R), H.B. 2905 prohibits an election officer from mass-mailing early, unrequested ballots and provides that early ballots may be requested beginning 93 days before an election. The bill provides for criminal penalties to enforce its provisions.
National Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli praised Arizona’s leadership in a statement:
“Anyone who fights for free and fair elections should be grateful to Rep. Hoffman and his Republican colleagues for not giving up on this bill to ensure more transparent and secure elections. People have a right to be confident that it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat in our elections, but the mass mailing of unrequested, unverified, and unsecure early ballots dilutes the votes and voice of ordinary Americans who question whether voting is even worth it anymore. We thank Governor Ducey for working with legislators to get this bill back to the finish line and urge him to swiftly sign it into law.”
Recent polling shows the majority of voters, including Black and Hispanic as well as urban and independent voters, overwhelmingly support voter I.D. protections and want it to be easy to vote and hard to cheat.
The Election Transparency Initiative, a partnership between American Principles Project (APP) and the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), was organized to combat H.R. 1/S. 1 and advocate for state-based election reforms that voters can trust.