Posts tagged Arizona
I’ve written numerous articles about our elections system, and have many more that I’d like to write over the next year or so, before we get into the heat of midterm elections.
One of the issues we have as a society is the competition between the desire to prevent unauthorized votes and the desire to eliminate friction in legitimate voting. It’s somewhat akin to the criminal justice tension between the desire to punish guilty parties and the desire to avoid punishing innocent people.
Lately, Republicans have promoted the meme that significant numbers of people who are not legally entitled to vote are in fact casting ballots that are getting counted, and this justifies making voters go through additional steps to be able to vote. Democrats have countered with the accusation that the number of illegitimate votes is insignificant, and that the number of legitimate voters who would be prevented from voting is greater than the number of illegitimate votes prevented by the additional steps.
It is noteworthy that the additional steps Republicans propose are generally assumed to be more likely to prevent legitimate Democratic votes than to prevent legitimate Republican votes. This leads to the cynical, though not necessarily unfounded, accusation that Republicans support the additional restrictions as a means of changing elections’ outcome.
Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments in Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., which seeks to examine one such instance. (more…)
In the face of scares about “voter fraud” leading to restrictive voter ID laws, a bombshell exploded days ago when it was revealed that the company hired by the Republican National Committee to run voter registration drives in vital swing states has been submitting fraudulent registration forms.
It’s worth looking at the background and context of what happened, the details of what is happening, and the possibilities for what might happen. We’ve seen this tale before, but past is not prologue. It will turn out differently this time. Perhaps this is what it looks like when a whole national political party shoots itself in its collective foot. (more…)
This is Ballot Watch. Today is the seventh in the series of articles on the upcoming ballot initiatives and some key local elections. Some of these will cover topics in common with multiple states, while others will look at a state level.
For today’s Ballot Watch, I’m covering the West Coast…and Arizona and Nevada. Why Arizona and Nevada? In trying to balance the regions somewhat so that all three of Logarchism’s regular writers get a fair share of the country, the states touching the Pacific Ocean weren’t quite enough. And so Arizona and Nevada are in the mix.
So what do the ballots look like in these seven states? Nothing of interest in Alaska or Hawaii, but the other five have tales to tell. (more…)
The legal issue at question is taken directly from Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the Constitution, commonly called the Supremacy Clause:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any state to the Contrary notwithstanding.
The principle which arises out of this paragraph is called preëmption. Preëmption can be express (i.e. explicit, stated clearly) or implied. The basic question for the Court, in oral arguments today, will be: does SB 1070 run afoul of the Supremacy Clause? (more…)
There are times when I wonder what motivates Arizona’s legislators. Today is definitely one of them. H.B. 2549, a bill passed by the state House, states:
It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person. It is also unlawful to otherwise disturb by repeated anonymous electronic or digital communications the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person at the place where the communications were received.
I’ve had to moderate plenty of comments around here, as have my compatriots Monotreme and dcpetterson. While our own moderation rules prohibit personal attacks, and we have banned only one person for making a specific threat to inflict physical harm, this law goes much further. (more…)
Today is a very important day for both former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA). Voters in Arizona and Michigan go to the polls today to express their preferences for the Republican candidate for President.
February started with Santorum sweeping all three states (Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri) in one day. His campaign’s sudden and unexpected viability quickly developed momentum in national polls, a momentum reflected in Arizona and Michigan. This was a scenario nobody considered in January, or even last year. Both states should be easy wins for Romney, Arizona because of the Mormon population, and Michigan because it’s his home state. (more…)