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Tue, June 18

Letter: Voting rights, fairness

Editor:

I have recently learned of Senate bills sponsored by Michelle Ugenti-Rita. I feel our democracy is better when more eligible voters show up and participate, but it seems some in our Legislature would disagree.

Nearly one-quarter million Arizonans who dropped off their early ballots at polling places on Election Day last November would lose that option if Sen. Ugenti-Rita gets her way. SB 1046, sponsored by Ugenti-Rita, would ban voters from dropping off their early ballots at polling places.

She claims this would make our elections more efficient, but county recorders, the Secretary of State’s Office and voting rights advocates say it will actually add time and cost to the ballot-counting process, and put more barriers in front of voters.

Why are our legislators trying to stop people from voting? We all care about the integrity and fairness of our elections, but we can have safe and efficient elections without sacrificing a person’s right to vote.

In addition, Yavapai County paid for additional ballot drop off boxes, as we have now in Skull Valley. These proposals would negate this ability, and throw that well-spent money away. The public needs more ways to vote effectively, not less.

These bills are moving quickly, please contact your legislators.

Marilyn Markham Petrich

Skull Valley

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