Arizona Must Advance Election Integrity Legislation

April 22, 2021

Washington — Heritage Action, a national conservative grassroots organization, released a statement from Vice President of Government Relations and Communications Garrett Bess responding to today’s vote in the Arizona Senate against SB1485, a bill to improve early voting list maintenance:

Today, Arizona Senator Kelly Townsend voted against SB1485, a bill which she had already voted for twice, in a short-sighted attempt to draw attention to other election bills which failed to pass out of committee. While there is still work to be done on election reform in the state, it should not come at the expense of current legislation that would improve Arizona’s early vote-by-mail system, safeguard against potential fraud, and save taxpayer dollars. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, the bill’s sponsor, and other legislators have been working tirelessly to pass a number of bills that would strengthen the integrity of Arizona’s elections and improve voter trust in the system. No conservative should oppose these bills.

Heritage Action supports SB1485, and we call on lawmakers to pass the bill, along with bills like SB1713, which requires voter ID to vote by mail. While woke celebrities have smeared the bill, the truth is that a wide majority of Arizonans support these common-sense bills. The legislature should pass them without delay.