Arizona Republicans are pushing electoral process legislation in the state’s senate that would renew the state’s reliance on hand-counted paper ballots and eschew electronic voting systems. Passing this legislation, Sen. Bill 1338, sponsored by Sen. Wendy Rogers, would be a powerful step in the protection of Arizonans’ voting rights. Brent Hamachek reports in Human Events:
The legislation would ban the use of electronic voting and electronic or other tabulating devices in any Arizona election. It would also require precinct polling places, forbidding the current system of more consolidated voting centers.
“There is nothing more important than the preservation of our democracy,” Rogers told the committee. “This is brave what we’re trying to do here. We must do this.”
Rogers insisted that despite the hard work of counting millions of ballots, they would have plenty of volunteers to complete the task.
“They’re willing to go anywhere in the state,” Rogers said. “There would be enough people volunteering around the state to come to your district and mine, if necessary.”
Of course, as Waylon Jennings (who spent the end of his life living in Chandler, Arizona) told the world, sometimes it’s important to get back to the basics.
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