Investigation Reveals Widespread Violations of Federal Voting Rights Laws in Arizona

Investigation Reveals Widespread Violations of Federal Voting Rights Laws in Arizona

The investigation uncovered widespread failures by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to automatically update voters’ address changes, systemic noncompliance by Arizona’s public assistance agencies in distributing voter registration applications, and extensive problems with regard to agencies’ handling of documentary proof of citizenship, which is required by Arizona law to vote in state and local elections. The investigation also found that many state agencies are not providing voter registration information in Spanish and Native American languages as required by the Voting Rights Act.

These violations may explain why Arizona public assistance agencies have reported a nearly 60 percent drop in voter registration applications over the past decade-and-a-half, despite significant increases in benefits applications.

Red state things.

Let me be the first to say, as a former Arizonan, I am completely shocked. Next you'll tell me the sky is blue.

Arizona was restricted by the voting rights act due to a history of discriminatory practices in their elections, until that key section was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013. What we need is an amendment that all election infrastructure is overseen and audited by the federal government annually, and changes need to be approved by an apolitical body.

I’m so fucking sick of these cheaters fleecing us all.

GOP: "The government should do nothing for its citizens! It doesn't even work well!"

GOP: proceeds to neglect citizens' needs for information as provided by law.

Self-fulfilling prophecy in the most disgusting way.

"If only lazy Democrats would get off their asses and vote"

You're in NC with me now, so I don't know how much of an improvement that is...

Voter ID accomplishes absolutely nothing that benefits voters. It is not a good idea at all. Its sole intent is to prevent legitimate voters from exercising their right to vote.

And here lies the issue with a voter ID.

I think it’s a great idea if it could be done at no cost and no burden to citizens.

But that just isn’t going to happen either due to political influence or incompetence.

You're competing with multibillion dollar propaganda efforts telling them everything they want to hear.

And a lot of them are probably totally okay with disenfranchising peoppe they don't like because they are fascists.

Where is trumps secret voting committee?

Shouldn't this be enough to de-legitimize previous elections too? I don't understand how something like this could mean elected officials keep their seats regardless.

Once again, this is a feature, not a bug.

Legit I was unable to vote in the Prescott Municipal election this last week because they still had me registered to a address that was just outside the city lines, and the deadline to update was a few months before the election...

I know for a god damn FACT that I updated my registration with AZDOT through servicearizona.com to the new address at the beginning of this last year when I moved...

Nice to know I'm not going crazy, and it feels weird to be voter suppressed, legit.

Then protest. Inform other people. Present the facts

They are the masters of self fulfilling prophecy. "Public education doesn't work, we need private education and coincidentally I'm on the board of one such organization" proceeds to under fund public education

"Obamacare doesn't work, we need private insurance and 'access' to health insurance" proceeds to cripple Obamacare so that it fails

Yeah this shit makes me crazy -- we don't have a "do over" in our Constitution. I think if the SCOTUS says the election was sufficiently poorly run they should be able to call for a new election.

It was a side ways move for sure.

"they'd probably find that they aren't allowed to in Arizona" /s

The state might be more blue than people think though. Who wants to bet the problems disproportionately affect minorities and Democrat voters.

Arizonan checking in. We’re more purple, kind of like how Colorado was about 10 years ago. The conservative bloc is the Mormons, Sun City retirees, Pinal County trailer trash, and snowbirds who come down from the midwest and north east to vote in our elections and bounce out before the summer hits (fuck them).

The rest aren’t hardcore /sub/politics style liberal, but more moderate who would probably vote Democratic because of the sheer insanity of the Republican Party these days.

Doing exactly what it intended to? Upholding Arizona as a model for the future.

The issue with voter ID is that it portends to solve a problem that doesn't exist in a significant or measurable way.

Just went yesterday to the AZ motor vehicles to register a new car for our daughter, while I was there I asked about changing my address in the system so I would be eligible to vote. Cost $12.50 to issue a new DL with my new address. Have to wait for the DL to be mailed with no estimated time of mail delivery. Paper temp DL expires 12/13/2017. So, if I was unable to pay the $12.50 I would not be eligible to vote. Seems like a poll tax to me. Go get em ACLU!

Let's not kid our selves, If we had a do-over the GOP would just fuck up the election over and over until they got the result they wanted.

Fix it? It's working exactly as designed. This didn't happen on accident.

Delaware’s RealID’s are made in house, nearly instantaneously. Somebody’s lying to you.

You're right we should just roll over and take it because nothing matters and we all die eventually

I’ve lived in Arizona my whole life, so I don’t know what it’s like to not require an ID to vote. When I first voted I assumed it might be a necessary thing so I never took much issue with it.

We used to have it so that you could go to the local MVD and get an ID made right then and there. Since then, however, we’ve moved to some stupid deal where a new ID or license has to be mailed to you.

I’m not much on the bandwagon of killing all voter ID laws because again, it’s just been something that has always been here so I don’t have a full perspective on it (I definitely welcome some education on it, though). However, if ID’s aren’t readily accessible - like having to wait for one via snail mail or closing DMVs in poor or minority areas... That’s a problem. That’s outright disenfranchisement.

What is the ideological difference between stopping someone who wants to vote from voting just before they vote with all the proper paperwork, and stopping someone who wants to vote from voting by depriving them of that paperwork in the first place? They had the right to vote, and were prevented from doing so. Whether it was due to malice or incompetence shouldn't be pertinent.

Yeah it is fucking stupid. Apparently it’s to comply with “RealID” Federal regulations, but there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to make them in-house the same day. They did it before, they can do it again.