Arizona Voters in Favor of HB2826


Editor’s Note;
Looks like Georgia is on the wrong side of another issue again.  Just like the prison debacle, it will be interesting to observe how Georgia will attempt to deflect her mistake this time.  Of course, she could just do nothing at all, hope she gets re-elected if no more Goodyear voters turn out at the polls to vote, and continue to go about doing just whatever she and the other seven dwarfs on city council want to do.  Its up to you, Goodyear.

A recent poll shows that AZ voters favor HB2826 which would consolidate local elections in November of even years.  This is the same bill that is currently awaiting signature from Governor Brewer and which Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord wrote Brewer to encourage Brewer to veto. Georgia Says Veto HB2826.

Well, like any poll, you have to look at who conducted it so that one can trust the results. And as always on hgb, I’ll give you the entire results below. However…

The AZ League of Cites and Towns (AZLCT) is AGAINST HB2826 and they say that their members are against it also.  In fact, Goodyear participates in the AZLCT and four Goodyear council members recently attended the AZLCT convention in DC at a taxpayer cost of nearly $10,000.  GY Council DC Junket.

Well guess who did the poll?  The AZLCT!!

According to both emails below, the AZLCT were still “considering” releasing poll until someone found out about it.  Shown below are two emails I received today, one from AZ Rep Michelle Ugenti, and the other by way of Wendy Freeman from Sal DiCiccio, of the Phoenix city council.  There are links in both emails to the poll results.

From: <michelle@michelleugenti.com>
Date: Mon, May 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Subject: Action Alert HB2826: Consolidated Elections ****New Polling****
To:

 Hello Everyone,
A poll conducted by the Arizona League of Cities and Towns shows that Arizonans support aligning elections. Republicans, Democrats and independents all overwhelmingly support consolidating elections, which would increase voter participation, save taxpayer money and reduce the influence of special interests in local elections.
My bill sitting on Governor Brewer’s desk, HB2826, would require all cities and towns and counties to align their candidate elections so they are held concurrently with state and national elections.
A rumor began that there was a poll out conducted by the Arizona League of Cities and Towns. There was no plan for releasing the information to the public, even though taxpayer money was used for it. Because enough people demanded this information be released, it finally was this morning. Attempting to withholding the results of this poll is a disservice to the public and they should be held accountable for it. The fact that they tried to conceal the poll results makes one wonder what other information is being kept from the public.
We are in the 11th hour… the Governor has 24 hours to either sign or veto this law. I urge you all to encourage the Governor to listen to the voters and sign HB2826 into law.
Here are the results: Maricopa and Pima counties support aligning elections. Arizona Republicans and Democrats favor consolidating elections by 14%, and independent voters favor consolidating elections by 12%. View the results here.
Citizen Smith says that all local election dates should be held in the fall of even-numbered years to coincide with other statewide elections. That will ensure that local governments cannot put things on the ballot when people aren’t paying attention and also will reduce the costs to conduct local elections.
Citizen Jones says that things should stay as they are now – allowing local cities and towns to have elections apart from state elections during the current designated spring and fall dates. Having elections at different times allows citizens to pay more attention to the candidates for mayor and council and focus on the local issues that are important to them.
Which viewpoint comes closer to your own- that of citizen smith who believes all local elections should be moved to coincide with state or that of citizen Jones who believe things should stay as they are.
Smith (Move to local elections): 51.4%
Jones (Keep as they are now): 38%
Other, don’t know: 6.2%
Neither: 4.4%
Maricopa: 59% Smith, 33% Jones
Pima: 45% Smith, 43% Jones
Rural: 41% Smith, 45% Jones
Republican: 50% Smith, 36% Jones
Democrat: 53% Smith, 39% Jones
Independent: 52% Smith, 40% Jones
your advocate,
Rep. Michelle Ugenti, District 23
From: Councilman Sal DiCiccio <council.district.6@phoenix.gov>
To: gop4life <gop4life@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, May 14, 2012 9:09 am
Subject: Poll results show voters favor consolidating elections

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A poll conducted by the Arizona League of Cities and Towns shows that Arizonans support aligning elections.  Republicans, Democrats and independents all overwhelmingly support consolidating elections, which would increase voter participation, save taxpayer money and reduce the influence of special interests in local elections
A bill sitting on Governor Brewer’s desk, HB2826, would require all cities and towns and counties to align their elections so they are held concurrently with state and national elections.
I heard a rumor that there was a poll out and contacted city staff this morning.  Staff confirmed there was a poll and results were in as of last week — and there was no plan for releasing the information to the public and the Council, even though taxpayer money was used for it. When I found out about this, I demanded this information be released by 9 this morning.  If information hadn’t been spread by word of mouth, I believe these results would have been withheld from you, the taxpayer, and Gov. Brewer until after she had taken action on this bill.
According to Phoenix Government Relations Director Karen Peters, Ken Strobeck, League executive director, was “thinking about” whether to release the poll.   It turns out that pressure to release this poll was strong enough to force the League to take action.

Here are the results: Maricopa and Pima counties support aligning elections.  Arizona  Republicans and Democrats favor consolidating elections by 14%, and independent voters favor consolidating elections by 12%.   View the results here.

My best to you and your family,Sal DiCiccio
City of Phoenix
Councilman, District 6
602-262-7491
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5 Responses

  1. Howard:
    Governor Brewer should veto HB 2426 not only for the reasons listed by Mayor Lord but also it is clearly unconstitutional. In the Arizona Supreme Court Case CV-11-0150-PR, Justice Bales wrote:

    ¶1 Since statehood, Arizona’s Constitution has included a
    “home rule” provision authorizing eligible cities to adopt
    charters. Ariz. Const. art. 13, § 2. A charter city has the
    power to frame its own organic law, including the power to
    determine “who shall be its governing officers and how they
    shall be selected.” Strode v. Sullivan, 72 Ariz. 360, 368, 236
    P.2d 48, 54 (1951). Based on these principles, we hold that
    A.R.S. § 9-821.01, as amended in 2009, does not displace the
    method that voters of the City of Tucson chose under its 1929
    charter for electing council members.

    Goodyear is a Charter City and the Legislature cannot dictate our local election rules. HB2426 is trying to change Charter City election laws and the Supremes have said no.
    Bobbie Watts

  2. The bill was signed by Governor Brewer this afternoon. Congratulations to the Goldwater Institute, Americans for Prosperity and all the other local activists groups (including Goodyear Votes) who worked hard through social media networks, Friday morning community coffees, etc to get this bill to the finish line. It was clearly the will of the people. Now it will be interesting to see if the Goodyear City Council as a Charter City attempts to sue the state to get the will of the people reversed.

  3. I made a clerical error in my post abpve by identifing HB 2826 as 2426.(Sorry!).
    I regret the Governor signed the Bill. The ballot in 2016 will be overly complex if it includes all candidates running for office, Initiatives, Judicial Retentions, Bonds and Overrides etc. A huge number will not vote or only mark a few entries. (Undervote.). Can our voting machines handle it?
    I assume this has no impact on Goodyear 2013 elections because the law takes effect after 2014. When Georgia wins next year she’ll be Mayor till 2018, the next election year after her term would normally expire in 2017.
    I hope a lot of cities appeal so the costs will be minimal for each. It’s a bad law.
    Bobbie Watts

    • Not wishing Georgia any ill will but if she runs again next year won’t that put her at around 75 or 76 and then possibly 80 years old as Mayor? That is too old for my vote this time.

  4. Fantastic. Something finally went well for tax payers and citizens. Let’s turn this mess around and elect leadership.

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