Please Take Action, Contact Gov Ducey re AZ Vote by Mail Plus

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Prescott Indivisibles!

AZ Vote by Mail Plus: All 15 county recorders AGREE – READ THIS ARTICLE. They want to automatically mail a ballot to every registered voter and they have asked Gov Ducey for this power. He has refused. We need public pressure on him to get him to budge – our state legislators can’t get this done.  We are joining Indivisibles and other organizations throughout the state to put pressure on Gov Ducey – PLEASE ACT IMMEDIATELY!

Call to action: 

1. Call Gov Ducey 602-542-4331

2. Tweet Gov Ducey @dougducey

3. Email Gov Ducey:

4. Submit a letter to the editor – see suggestions below. 

Ask him to issue an executive order allowing the counties to mail a ballot to every registered voter and enact vote by mail plus for the 2020 Elections, to keep us and our communities safe. We are requesting this change only for 2020, during this unprecedented pandemic.

Want to know what to say? Here are some suggestions:

1.  Public health experts recommend against large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. We advocate the expansion of mail-in voting.

2.  Voting by Mail does not advantage either party – Recent comparisons of county-level election results and public party registration data for California and Utah voters ranging from 1996 to 2018, researchers found “a truly negligible effect” on partisan turnout rates with the addition of a vote-by-mail option, with turnout slightly up across the entire voting-age population.

3.   The  Arizona Recorders Association and the Election Officials of Arizona believe it is crucial that they have the ability to hold ballot-by-mail elections for state and federal elections, a practice already authorized for jurisdictional elections. It is the best way to ensure Arizona voters are safe during this pandemic and have the certainty of the continuity of our democracy.

4.  AZ Vote By Mail Plus ensures that ballot-by-mail elections are not just conducted through the mail. There are still in-person voting options that vary by county but include ballot replacement sites that open 27 days before and through Election Day. These sites ensure a ballot can get to qualified voters who experience any issues with the mail. Ballot return sites and drop boxes provide voters with the option of delivering their ballots directly to election officials.

Please attend Prescott Indivisible’s General Meeting, Thurs. May 7, 6pm. Your zoom invitation will be sent next week.

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Prescott Indivisible was founded in 2017, when Paul Hamilton and Nicole Romine put an ad in the local paper, requesting local progressives to show up at the library. Over 100 people lined up. In short order, we had formed a local chapter of the national Indivisible movement. Within six months we adopted a set of Guidelines that sets the framework in which we work, designed a logo and printed and sold t-shirts. Our mailing list quickly expanded from 100 to over 1,200. We usually have 100 or more attend our general monthly meetings.

Prescott Indivisible has a strong track record of activism. We adopted the team concept: Communication/Events; Voter Education and Elections; Education; Environment; Human Rights; Immigration and Peacekeepers to assist with safely issues. Initially we had a steering committee that consisted of volunteers. After our guidelines were adopted, the steering committee is made up of elected officers and members at large and the heads of the various teams, or their designees. A diverse group of community activists, social justice advocates and others that have volunteer ties to non-profits and religious organizations, the steering committee assists the teams when asked and sets the agendas.

Our teams and their members have worked diligently to make their voices heard. We have made thousands of calls, mailed hundreds of postcards to our legislators in Arizona and in congress. We have collaborated with like-minded organizations to advocate for issues of crucial importance to Arizona and the nation.

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