Thursday I told you about my strong opposition to Senate Bill 1339 and today, it will likely be going to a final vote. Not only did this bill already fail once in a committee, a similar law was just repealed last year after over 80,000 Arizonans signed on to stop it in its tracks.
There’s a reason why it’s been difficult to get this law through: it criminalizes people that are trying to help their community. If this bill becomes law, you could become a felon for turning in more than 2 ballots. People shouldn’t face jail time for assisting their neighbor or friend to vote.
I will be offering an amendment to this bill today to make two simple changes: reduce the crime to a class one misdemeanor and allow people to help their friends, family and neighbors as long as they sign a ballot affidavit to attest to their assistance.
With my amendment we can still address the fear of voter fraud that proponents of this bill cite while also ensuring we aren’t making criminals out of our teachers, community leaders and those that are simply trying to provide a helping hand.