Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
Would you go to the polls on Election Day and take with you all the Early Ballots your neighbors and friends had received but did not bother to take the time to vote for themselves, check in at the polling station and then proceed to a booth and vote them all? Let's say your friends told you how they wanted them voted but you decided to vote differently.
Would you think that was a good idea?
That is what the Republican party allows to be done. The only difference is that the party colludes in the process by handing the ballots of others over to PCs, making them complicit.
In the Republican party, this is the standard hierarchy (this section is for those unfamiliar with how inside party politics works):
1. People get elected on Primary Day as Precinct Committeemen (PCs) in their precinct. They only need to get 10 signatures on a signature sheet and turn them in to the Recorder's Office in their county. Most people do not even know about this process.
2. The PCs then go to their local district meeting and elect the Board for that district. At the same time, they elect State Committeemen (SCs).
3. The PCs go once a year to a county meeting where they elect the county officers. Maricopa County is particularly important because it is the fourth largest county in the country. The county officers conduct the annual meeting with approximately 1200 votes.
4. The State Committeemen who are PCs who get elected to go to the state meetings once a year. Each district gets one State Committeeman out of every three PCs or 1/3 of the PCs become SCs.
5. These SCs attend the annual meetings of the Arizona Republican Party to vote for the business of the party and to elect officers. The elected officers are a powerful force in Republican Party business across the state. They also have influence with elected officials and control the money to get Republicans elected to public office.
These meetings are where proxies come in because the state statutes and the party Bylaws allow PCs and SCs to vote in absentia by proxy. The original law/Bylaws were intended to serve those who could not (not would not) attend the annual meetings much like you might send in your proxy vote if you own stock and cannot attend the corporation's annual meetings. The problem began when ballot swapping was allowed and there was no limit on how many proxies any one PC/SC could carry. At the last Maricopa County meeting, a PC named J. Askey had a stack of proxies so big it was nearly impossible to count how many votes he could cast for electing officers. THIS is how the establishment contiues to control party politics on all levels in Arizona. We will get some comments about the importance of proxies - and there are advantages always when a few people can swing a vote through proxies if they are on YOUR side. Our democratic method of voting is built on the concept of one man, one vote. We will get comments that if conservatives would get out and recruit to fill open PC seats in every precinct which is a TRUE statement but it's been tried for years and it hasn't happened due to human nature. The Republican Party controlled by John McCain pays recruiters to sign up "paper PCs" for the very reason to carry their proxy. Conservatives don't have a "McCain" benefactor!
What other entity allows one person to have as many votes (ballots) as they can carry? That is where Archie Dicksion comes in.
Archie is spearheading an effort to limit the number of proxies that one person can carry.
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I have been working with Archie since last summer. There are two slightly different versions to limit proxy usage. I submitted to the bylaws committee a change for a limit 2 proxies per carrier and the same to identical change to the resolution committee AND also the Secretary for her to include in the call letter as required by the bylaws.
Apparently covering all the bases worked as the bylaw change to limit 2 proxies per carrier (SC) is included with the call letter as part of the bylaw committee report. Archie's proposal in the form of a resolution (defeated by the resolution committee) is also in the call letter buried in 6pt print needing a magnifying glass to read. Also buried in the call letter is a path outlined to bring Archie's bylaw change up for a vote - the process needing 20% signatures. That means there is documentation in the call letter to support the Archie petition. I support his version. My submittal was:
“No Precinct Committeeperson or State Committeeperson shall be allowed to carry more than two (2) proxies to any state party meeting and proxies cannot pass to a third person.” and the call letter includes.
Page 10 of 16 in Appendix A in the call letter states:
Article III - Proxies
E. No qualified Republican elector shall carry more than two proxies to any state committee meeting.
The Archie version in the attachment is more restrictive and would clean up a lot of the proxy abuse in the LDs of Maricopa county. LD14 covers Cochise, Greenlee, Graham plus a small portion of eastern PIMA counties and the LD14 bylaws restrict proxy usage to two per PC for several years..
I sent the attached (blank) with 3 SC signatures from Cochise county last week. So Mike - glad you are joining the effort to cleanup the Arizona swamp. Many thanks go to Archie for his efforts.