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Ariz. Senate Committee Passes New Bills to Bolster Election Integrity

'It is encouraging to see our state legislators taking action and focusing on election integrity... '

(Tony Sifert, Headline USAThe Arizona State Senate’s Government Committee has passed several pieces of legislation intended to combat voter fraud, according to the Arizona Sun Times.

 

The bills issue several directives to various local, state and federal authorities regarding, among other things, the maintenance of voter registration lists, the inspection of election equipment, the implementation of various anti-fraud measures, and the production of post-voting ballot images.

All the bills passed out of the committee — which is composed of five Republican and three Democratic members — after party-line votes.

“It is encouraging to see our state legislators taking action and focusing on election integrity,” Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward said. “These bills are yet another reason why the full forensic audit was justified.”

SB 1012 requires the legislature to designate a qualified inspector to ensure that the state’s voter registration list is properly maintained and includes no ineligible voters.

SB 1013 requests that the United States election assistance commission “include on the federal voter registration form this state’s state-specific instructions to provide proof of citizenship.”

SB 1054 would appoint a three-person committee to regularly inspect voting machines.

SB 1120 introduces 19 specified fraud countermeasures in elections beginning in 2022.

SB 1119 requires that online copies of any digital ballot images must be publicly available.

SB 1133 “prohibits a city, town or school district from conducting a mail ballot election.”

SB 1008 alters the recount threshold “for certain offices.”

SB 1260 “classifies, as a class 5 felony, knowingly providing a mechanism for another person who is registered in another state to vote.”

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