Looking for an event in LD 15 close to home to sign petitions? Here is a list of upcoming events, more details can be found on our events calendar or home page where several are featured.
|9/10/21||5:30p-7:30p||Wine and Sign Party||Justine||Mickey Tucker email@example.com|
|9/11/21||8:30a-10:30a||Driveway Petition Signing Event||Clearview, Sunnyside, Evans||Pat VanMaanen LD15AZClearviewPrecinct@cox.net|
|9/11/21||9:00a-11:00a||Sky Crossing Community Center Signing Event||Tatum, Sierra Pass, Aviano||Wendy Barry firstname.lastname@example.org|
|9/11/21||9:00a-11:00a||Driveway Petition Signing Event||Desert Sage||Laurie Roseri Schaefer email@example.com|
|9/12/21||4:30p-6:30p||Driveway Petition Signing Event||Dixileta, Lone Mountain||Mary Fortney firstname.lastname@example.org|
|9/17/21||5:30p-7:30p||Wine and Sign Party||Aster||Brad Duell email@example.com|
|9/18/21||7:00a-12:00p||Shop and Sign Event||Annette, Villa Rita||Heli Nielson firstname.lastname@example.org|
|9/23/21||1:00p-3:00p||Petition Signing Plaza Lofts at Kierland||Tatum||Sandra Bondy email@example.com|
|By appt||Sage Assisted Living Individual Signing Events||Sierra Pass||Katherine Manker firstname.lastname@example.org|
|By appt||Individual Signing Events||Tatum||Nelson Morgan email@example.com|
|By appt||Individual Signing Events||Tatum||SANDRA BONDY firstname.lastname@example.org|
|By appt||Individual Signing Events||Rose Garden||Alicia Jenkins email@example.com|
|Every Saturday through 9/25/21||8:00a-10:00a||Driveway Petition Signing Event||Lindner||Marshall Militano 602-882-3260|
|Every Sunday through 9/26/21||8:00a-11:00a||Foothills Recreation & Aquatics Center Signing Event||John Cabot (LD 22)||Marshall Militano 602-882-3260|
Suppose the Arizona Legislature passes some horrendous bill. I know, that’s such a far-fetched notion – they have all our best interests at heart, right? NOT.
What can we do about it? And suppose that bill cuts taxes for the wealthy, removing necessary support for critically important things we care deeply about – education, health, even public safety. The Arizona Constitution requires a 2/3 vote to raise any taxes, so with a closely divided state and legislature, any tax cut would appear to be permanent.
Fortunately, we don’t need to wait for the Legislature to change. There is a mechanism for citizens themselves to do something about it.
And that’s called a REFERENDUM.
In a referendum, citizens specify a particular bill that they wish to veto. The bill is then put on hold until the next statewide election, at which time a majority of the voters can determine that the bill is nullified. For an unpopular bill, there is a strong chance to veto it, as long as people actually get out to vote.
All referendums can be found on the Arizona Secretary of State site here. There are three voter suppression bills signed into law this session that have related referenda:
- Referendum SB 1485 – this one seeks to refer SB 1485 to voters to prevent this bill from becoming law. SB 1485 purges voters from what has been called the Permanent Early Voter List (though with this bill, it’s no longer “Permanent.”) The bill’s language is vague, so it is not clear whether a voter has to have used PEVL for all four of the statewide elections in the last 2 years (primaries and general), or for any of the four. So, this law could end up being interpreted by each county election official differently. If it had been in force in 2020, more of the voters that would have been dropped would have been ones who voted for Biden/Harris and Kelly.
- Referendum HB 2569 – this one seeks to refer HB 2569 to the ballot. As written this bill restricts the use of outside contributed funds to help election authorities expand access (for instance to fund additional drop boxes for ballots) and to fund broader voter registration. While expanded access is a good thing for everyone, there is a sense that it helps Democrats more, or at least that it did in 2020.
- Referendum SB 1819 – this one, among other provisions, removes the ability for Secretary of State (SOS) Hobbs to defend the state’s election laws. Magically, that role goes back to the SOS once Hobbs’ term is up – We guess Republican legislators are hoping for a victory in that election. The bill also has a grab bag of “voter security” measures, some of which are meaningless, several of which are harmful.
Another organization, Invest in AZ (who are public school advocates) has filed three referenda directly related to the budget bills recently passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor. These referenda deal with the new tax rates that would overwhelmingly benefit the very wealthy, and which would deal the state budget a serious blow, particularly in years in which revenues are leaner.
- Referendum SB 1828 (sections 13 and 15) is here. Sections 13 and 15 of SB 1828 together create new income tax brackets and rates that apply when state general fund revenue exceeds certain amounts. Arizonans have made it clear they want more funding for education and passed Prop 208 in 2020. These budget bills are an attack on this proposition and education funding.
- Referendum SB 1827 (Section 4) can be found here. Section 4 creates a maximum combined individual income tax rate of 4.5%, inclusive of the regular income tax and the 3.5% income tax surcharge imposed by voters (Prop 208). Wealthy taxpayers would see a reduction to a cap of 4.5% under this new tax scheme.
- Referendum SB 1783 is here. If implemented SB 1783 creates a ‘small business income’ category available to mainly wealthy individuals allowing them to pay taxes on that income at rates that prevent Prop 208 from kicking in-another attack on Prop 208. This bill also established new income tax brackets and rates for trusts and estates.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
These are the most specific, concrete things we can do:
- Educate yourself on the Referendums
- Sign all 6 Referendums before September 15th (deadline: September 28th)
- Tell others about them and ask them to sign all 6 Referendums
- Volunteer to collect signatures, circulate petitions, call voters to get them to events where signatures are being collected.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Arizona Deserves Better is circulating petitions; you can learn more on their website and sign up to volunteer to gather signatures, or to donate.
Invest in Arizona NOW is also circulating petitions; you can visit their website to learn more, find a site to sign referendum petitions, volunteer or donate to support their efforts.
AZ LD 15 Events Keep an eye on our calendar for volunteer activities and attend our Wine and Sign Event, a signature gathering activity or a phone bank to recruit voters to our signing events in August and September.
Drive for Democracy-Petitions to Your Door Want to sign a petition but can’t make it to a signing event? A volunteer can bring them to your door if you fill out this form.
118,823 valid signatures are needed by September 28th on each of the referendums. Your help is key to reversing these bad bills. Sign today. Tell someone about this effort. Volunteer to help. Donate to support this effort.