AZ group looking to add measure to ballot to protect early voting rules

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 12:43pm
Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 2:40pm

A local coalition is looking to restore the permanent early voting list that lawmakers modified in Arizona last year. 

The group, Arizonans for Free and Fair Elections, has taken steps to repeal laws that limit who can deliver an early ballot to the polls and ensure people can cast them the weekend before Election Day. 

Initiative organizer Joel Edman says the larger goal of the group is to prevent measures, like those that would permanently remove millions from the early voting list, in the Legislature. 

"The goal here is to be nonpartisan and advocate for policies that are going to benefit all voters in the state, regardless of their party, and protect our democracy for all of us so that we can get results that actually reflect the needs of our communities," Edman said. 

The group is working to put the initiative on the November ballot, which would also prevent lawmakers from handing election equipment and ballots to unqualified firms.