Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
UPDATE: REP UGENTI-RITA HAS REPORTED THAT HER PROXY BILL DIED BECAUSE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE, REP DOUG COLEMAN, REFUSED TO ALLOW IT TO BE HEARD IN COMMITTEE AND WOULD NOT ASSIGN IT. SHE IS TRYING ANOTHER ROUTE. STAY TUNED.
As we have reported before, Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita has dropped a bill, HB2467, to curb the abuse of proxies at Statutory Meetings of political parties.
You know that the Arizona Legislature passed a bill last session to stop Ballot Harvesting among Arizona voters, where some people go around and collect the early ballots of unsuspecting people and promises to take them to the polls. In some communities, there are Early Ballot parties where the price of admission is for people to turn over their ballots in exchange for food, adult beverages, entertainment. It doesn't take much thinking to know this is wrong. We have a one man, one vote system.
Proxy Harvesting is just as bad because these proxies elect party officials by people who did not even show up to vote. Party officials control the money for the party with little to no oversight. This year as in years before, proxies elected MCRC Board members who were all hand picked by Robert Graham/John McCain. The same happened in the selection of the new AZGOP Chair, although we know that some rigging of the vote was still necessary in order to steal the Chairmanship for the McCain guy.
Why? Because McCain wants to guarantee that all RNC money that comes in for elections in 2018 is used to re-elect Jeff Flake. That is not hard for any of us to believe!
HB2467 is waiting to be heard in the Government Committee. Chairman Doug Coleman has refused to give it a hearing. Please call him and tell him you want this bill to move forward for a hearing! (602) 926-3160 is the number to call and you can call after hours and leave a message as well as during the day. You do not need to give your name. You just need to say Please Give HB2467 a fair hearing. There is a chart and your opinion will be marked as a YES. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put Please give HB2467 a Hearing and you can add a short message in the body but what counts is what is in the subject line.
Further, Speaker J.D. Mesnard is giving the sponsor of this bill a hard time. Please contact his office with the message of I approve of HB2467 to curb proxy gathering (or proxy harvesting) or something similar that expresses your desire to him to bring this bill to a full vote of the House. His # is (602) 926-4481 and his email is email@example.com
One man, one vote! PLEASE DO THIS RIGHT NOW! Let's stop the voter fraud across the board!
I just called and got a person so I left the message. It sounded like I was the first one she had heard from on this bill. We can make a difference.
Sorry about this news, but I spoke with Michelle over this weekend and her bill is DEAD. Coleman failed to schedule it for a hearing and it died on Friday. She is now looking for another Bill to which her idea for legislation is "germane" ti which her language can be added as a "striker",
So is this bill now dead? I don't mind making a phone call or sending an e-mail; however, I cannot see the point in doing so if this bill is DEAD. I hope that someone else will comment on this.
Make the phone calls. This is likely to come back later in the Session as a Strike Everything bill. Call your House Representatives, too.l
Just called & left a message. Thanks for responding to my comment, AFA.