Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Arizona Bill 1486 To Repeal Presidential Primary Elections HELD UP in Senate. CONTACT THE SENATE NOW

When I heard that Arizona may follow in Colorado’s footsteps and not have a Presidential Primary where registered voters would participate in the election process, I went straight to the Secretary of State Michele Reagan. Contact Senate members NOW
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I understand her reasoning however, I don’t agree with it.  Michele is very 
Conscientious and I know her obective to have the political parties pay their fairshare. However leaving up to parties I believe they would prefer not to have the regregistered voters involved in the process other than for contributions. be
From: barbaraespinosa
Sent: 4/19/2016 7:39 AM
Reagan Michele
Reagan Michele
Subject: is it true
I heard over the week end that in January you tried to get a bill passed that eliminates the Presidential primary/preference elections i.e. similar to Colorado. Is it true if so what was the bill number. Be
From: Michele Reagan
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:06 AM
To: barbaraespinosa
Subject: RE Bill number:
HB 2567 and  SB 1486
I introduced a bill that did 2 things, one it asked the Legislature for the additional funding of the PPE (it costs $10 million, and the state only appropriated $4 million in last year’s budget) and two, it says that starting in 2020, taxpayers do not pay for the PPE.  If one third of our voters are independents, and cannot participate, than these PPE's are party functions and the taxpayers should not be on the hook.  This is the way it was prior to 1992.
Now that doesn't mean we need to be like Colorado.  Arizona could have the same presidential primary election system we have now, but the parties would decide and pay for it.  This is the way it is paid for in many other states by the way.
From: barbaraespinosa
Sent: 4/19/2016 8:37 AM
To: Michele Reagan
Subject: Reply is it true
The bill from what you stated will leave it wide open for the parties to decide not to have a PPE and disenfranchise all registered voters. It would be more fair to have open election i.e. similar to Texas. be
From: Michele Reagan
4/19/2016 8:49 AM
To: barbaraespinosa
Subject: RE: Reply is it true
My philosophy is simple, if the taxpayers are going to pay for an election, all voters should be allowed to participate.  If not, then parties should pick up the tab.
The cost of an election should be paid for by the state. Leaving the choice of a presidential primary up to the political parties is disaster waiting in the wings. Registered voters could and probably would be disenfranchised i.e. Colorado and Wyoming.
In Colorado the COGOP executive Committee made the decision to eliminate a presidential primary and only allowing the party delegates to vote. Disenfranchising thousands of registered Republican Voters. Elections are for the people and not only the political parties Echelon.
presidential preference election; appropriation; repeal