Arizona 2010 Mid-term Voter Guide


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Arizona 2010 Mid-term Voter Guide

  1. 1. •• • • • • • • • • • ••• ••• •• •• •• •• OW T H E S E C A N D ID A •• •• TE • •• T H ? • W S •• OU FIC E HO S • • •• 'S TA • D OF N • IN RU D IN N IF •• N O 'S •• • O N IN H DO • • • •• •• E G • W D ? •• RE E UC • ••• HE A ••• AR HO T IO N • • • • • O ULD I C O N O MY? • W N? • • • • • • •• • • WHE ? • WHERE Y SH W DO I FIN E EC TIO D RE DO TH WH O RA U I F • DO IG T IN A I ? M D W E BS FI O IM ND H O N U T N ER D T E VO J H O I 'M O N O W O O U T RE G ISTE RED T D T HE ND N H S E CAN STA A OW D ID A T E S ST THE ES S E C A N D ID AT
  2. 2. A R I zO N A 2010 MidterM elections VOTeR GuIDe What is the voter guide? On November 2nd, the mid-term elections will be held all across America. You will decide who will represent you in Congress and in your State Capitol. Do you know who is running to represent you? Do you know where they stand on issues that will affect your everyday life? If not, don't worry… we got your back: This voter guide tells you what you need to know before you step in the voting booth. What's at stake? Real talk, we are all struggling to answer some basic questions about our lives: accessible & Comprehensive take on predatory lenders and de- health Care velopers, and provide emergency housing for people in crisis. Can i see a doctor? We believe high quality physical Climate Justice and mental health care, including & Clean energy full reproductive health services and prescription drugs, is a right and must Can we survive? be affordable and accessible to all. Real talk: Its now or never. We should be a leader in building a affordable & clean energy future. This will cre- accessible housing ate millions of new jobs, improve Can i have a place to live? our health, and avoid future wars. We believe decent, safe, accessible We need to get serious switching and affordable housing is a right from dirty coal and nuclear power for all. The government should to wind and solar energy.
  3. 3. • • • • 2 01 0 M i dt e r M e l ec t i o n s VOT e R G u I D e • • • • healthy Jobs & economy safety in our World Can i make a decent living? Can we have real peace and We believe workers, the backbone safety? of this country, have a right to paid Real national security comes from sick days and a living family wage. being a respected and respectful Workers should have the right to member of the global community. organize without fear. This is how This means ending torture and other we revive the middle class and al- human rights abuses. It also means leviate poverty. ending the war in Iraq and offering strategic humanitarian relief. Quality & affordable education Can i go to college without being voting rights & in debt for the rest of my life? election reform We believe every young person Can i vote? Will my vote be in this country has the right to a counted? What's up with politicians high-quality, affordable education trying to make it harder for us to from pre-school through college. vote? Why can't i register and vote on the same day, like my friends in rights for New americans Minnesota and Wisconsin? Can i be Can i be treated with respect sure my vote is counted? regardless of where i was born? We believe voting is a right for Immigration policy should not all citizens, including students criminalize people for seeking attending college out of state, a better life. We are a nation of felons, and people who need immigrants and diversity is our special help to participate. We strength. We need fair and hu- support public financing to take mane immigration reform that money out of politics. We oppose keeps families together, offers ID requirements and other pathways to citizenship, fair com- discriminatory barriers to voting. pensation, and basic services like health care and college loans. safe Communities Can i feel safe on my street? Building more prisons doesn’t make us safer. Instead of our generation spending $40,000 a year is facing a critical moment locking someone up, that will define our country for we should invest in job years to come. as a coalition of new training, education voters, we were a huge factor in both counselors, drug rehab 2006 and 2008. We will be the difference and programs that lift again in this election! too much is at stake in people up. We must this election to sit this out… get to know where take the safety of the candidates stand on our issues, then get women seriously in out and vote on November 2nd! our homes and on the streets. We’ve got this and other non partisan voter guides online, so check us out at — share it with your friends, send to your mom.
  4. 4. ••• A • UC • • • • pag e 4 • • • • •• ? ED G • BALLOT INITIATIVeS IN •• N O N •• D • N •• TA • In our state, there are ballot propositions that put crucial • •• decisions on important issues in the hands of the voters •• in the state. In the upcoming election there are 10 ballot propositions in Arizona, so we’ve highlighted a few that have a direct impact on us. If you want the full list you can check out Arizona’s board of elections page. ProPositioN 106: Proposition 106 would prohibit the operation of laws or rules that require any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system. It would allow a person or employer to not pay for health insurance and pay for health care services directly without penalty. It would also allow health care providers to accept direct pay- ment without a penalty. It will specifically allow health insurance through private health care systems. Financial impact: No clear impact. ProPositioN 107: Proposition 107 would prohibit the State from giving preferential treat- ment to or discriminating against any person or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. The prohibition applies to preferences or discrimination in public employment, education or con- tracting. However it does not penalize reasonable necessary qualifica- tions based on sex, existing court orders and actions that would result in the loss of federal funds. The State includes state government, local governments, public colleges and universities, community colleges and school districts. Financial impact: No clear impact. ProPositioN 203: Proposition 203 also known as The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act protects terminally or seriously ill patients from state prosecution for using limited amounts of marijuana on their doctor’s recommendation. Qualifying patients who register with the Arizona Department of Health Services will obtain marijuana from regulated nonprofit medical mari- juana dispensaries. Private cultivation will be allowed only when no dis- pensary is available. The Act is self-funded and establishes safeguards: registration cards; fingerprinting of caregivers and dispensary personnel to exclude drug and violent felons; strict security, record keeping and oversight requirements; inspection of dispensaries; restrictions on num- ber and location of dispensaries; and provides penalties.
  5. 5. • • • • 2 01 0 M i dt e r M e l ec t i o n s VOT e R G u I D e • • • • Financial impact: The report also stated that the calculating costs of the measure would be covered by fees, civil penalties and donations. According to reports, the analysis was based on the existing medical marijuana program in the state of Colorado. ProPositioN 302: Proposition 302 would terminate the Arizona early Childhood Develop- ment and Health Board and programs, which were established by voters in 2006 as part of the “Arizona early Childhood Development and Health Initiative.” It would require the transfer of money remaining in the early childhood development and education fund on December 1, 2010 to be deposited in the state general fund. Thereafter, it would require tobacco tax money collected pursuant to the initiative to be deposited in the state general fund and used for health and human services for children. Financial impact: Increase in funds to state general fund- amount un- sure. It would eliminate all funding for the early Childhood Development and Health Board and programs. e L e C T I O N S In order to know who you want to vote for, you need to know what they’re responsible for. Then you can check out how they stand on the issues you care about. We’ve highlighted two races but to see all the races check out Arizona’s board of elections page. the goverNor: • Issues requisitions for the return of accused persons • Oversees all public related op- erations (I.e. paying taxes, cars • Enforces all criminal laws (DMV), construction, education, Who’s running? legal matters, law enforcement) Jan Brewer • Communicates directly with the Republican Party state legislature • Accounts for all state money 602-633-4526 received and spent Larry gist • Appoints certain officers as re- Green Party quired by the state constitution and statutes and fills vacancies No Phone Number Listed in state offices terry goddard • Signs or vetoes bills passed by Democratic Party the Legislature 602-254-6342 • Calls elections to fill vacancies for members of the u.S. Barry J. hess Congress Libertarian Party
  6. 6. • • • • pag e 6 • • • • seNators: • Try any federal official accused of a crime after the House votes • Draft, introduce and sponsor to impeach that official new bills • Filibuster during debates on • Debate and pass bills to go bills- a filibuster is when an in- before the President vetoes or dividual Senator can choose to signs them into law delay or entirely prevent a vote • Advocate and work to prioritize on a bill the issues most important to their constituents Who’s running? rodney glassman The Senate collectively has the Democratic Party power to: • Investigate pressing national issues 888-997-4429 • Supervise the actions of the Jerry Joslyn judicial and executive branches Green Party of government • Confirm or rejecting treaties No Phone Number Listed initiated by the President John McCain • Confirm any Presidential ap- Republican Party pointments (Supreme Court judges, Attorney General etc) 602-604-2010 david F. Nolan Libertarian Party No Phone Number Listed
  7. 7. So you’ve made your decision arizona election about which candidate you’re Protection voting for and what you’re voting information on but before you head to the If you need more informa- tion about election rules polls; make sure you know if and regulations contact you’re registered, how to your County elections of- vote, and where to vote. ficial: election/county.htm or visit the 866 OurVote website at: http:// a resource created by the Lawyers’ Commit- tee for Civil Rights under Law and its partners. Acceptable forms of identifica- Polling Place hours tion that have the name and election Day: November 2, 2010 address but no photograph (two 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. required) include, but are not limited to: how to Check registration • Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE • Utility bill that is dated within ninety days of the date of the • Contact your County Elections election. A utility bill may be for Official electric, gas, water, solid waste, identification required to vote sewer, telephone, cellular phone, To obtain a ballot at the polling or cable television. place, you have to come and • Bank or credit union statement give your name and address that is dated within ninety days to an election official. In addi- of the date of election. tion, you must have one form of identification that has your • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration name, address and photograph • Indian census card or two different forms of iden- • Property tax statement of the tification that only you’re your voter’s residence name and address. • Tribal enrollment card or other acceptable forms of identifica- form of tribal identification tion with photograph, name, and address (one required) include, • Recorder’s Certificate but are not limited to: • Valid United States federal, • Valid Arizona driver’s license state, or local government is- • Valid Arizona non-operating sued identification, including a identification license voter registration card issued by the county recorder • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification how to Find Your Polling Place • Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE • Valid United States federal, state, or local government is- Online polling locators are avail- sued identification able for the following counties:
  8. 8. • • • • pag e 8 • • • • • Maricopa County: recorder. • If a voter makes a complete and correct request within 26 pollingplace.aspx days before the election, then the county recorder must mail • Pima County: www.recorder. the ballot within 48 hours after receipt of the request (excluding • Pinal County: pinalcountyaz. Saturdays, Sundays and legal gov/Departments/elections/ holidays). Pages/pollingplacelocator.aspx • The ballot must be received • Yavapai County: (postmark does not matter), either by mail to the County • For other counties contact the Recorder’s office in the county in County Recorder (Through the which you are registered to vote, County Elections Official) in the or dropping off the early ballot county where you’re registered. in-person at any polling place or early voting location in the absentee voting county, by 7 PM on election Day. Any registered voter can vote early voting absentee (By early ballot) For in-person early voting, you can rules and deadlines request to vote early and cast an • Voters can request to receive early ballot in-person at the same an early ballot starting 93 days time. You can vote early at any before an election. Voters can early voting location in the county request an early ballot to vote you are registered to vote, or at by mail and not go to the polls. your County Recorder’s office. Some Arizona counties permit Times and dates may vary at loca- requests for early ballots to be tions based on the early voting made online. facilities’ business hours, but the • The county recorder must re- early voting period at County of- ceive the request by 5:00 p.m. fices begins 33 days prior to the on the date that is 11 days before election and goes through the the election. Friday before the election. Early • The voter must provide their voting begins: October 7th. name and address, date of birth, information for People who have and state or country of birth or Moved or Changed addresses other information that if com- Changing Your Address pared to the voter registration information on file, would con- The same registration form used firm the voter’s identity. to register a new voter may also be used to file a name or ad- • If the voter’s request is com- dress change. plete and correct, the county recorder must mail the early A registered voter may also correct ballot to the requesting voter his/her residence address by mak- within 5 days after the county ing a written request for an early recorder’s receipt of the of- ballot and notifying the county re- ficial ballots. corder of the address change. The written request must contain:
  9. 9. • • • • 2 01 0 M i dt e r M e l ec t i o n s VOT e R G u I D e • • • • • A request to change the voter • The county recorder will cancel registration record; the voter’s registration immedi- • The voter’s new residence address; ately following the election. • An affirmation that the informa- information for People with tion is true and correct; and Felony Convictions In Arizona, a person that has • The voter’s signature. been convicted of 1 felony can Moving within the Same County have their voting rights restored automatically once that person • A registered voter who moves has finished their probation and within the same county, either paid any fine or restitution. With within the same precinct or to a the exception of those convicted new precinct, who fails to notify of counterfeiting election returns, the county recorder before the no court action is necessary for election may correct his or her the person’s rights to be restored registration address at the poll- and the person may register to ing place for the new address. vote. The County Recorder shall • The voter must present a form presume that the person is eli- of identification that has his or gible to register and accept the her full name and an address registration. within the new precinct. Persons convicted of counter- • The voter must also affirm the feiting election returns do not new residence address in writ- have their right to vote automat- ing and vote a provisional ballot. ically restored. A person con- Moving to a Different County victed of 2 or more felonies does not have his/her rights automati- • A voter who moves from an cally restored and must petition election precinct in one county the court to have that person’s to an election precinct in an- rights restored. other county must register in the new county of residence at least 29 days before the election to be permitted to vote in the new county. • If the voter moves during the 29-day period before the elec- tion, the voter is considered a resident and registered voter in their old county. Moving to a Different State • A registered voter who perma- nently moves out of state within 30 days of a presidential elec- tion, may vote for president, but for no other offices, by early ballot in their old precinct.
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  12. 12. The Generational Alliance ( is a 501(c)3 collaboration of 15 national youth organizations building collective power for underrepresented & low-income communities. We're working together to win real change for our generation on the issues we face on a daily basis. We're not just around for the election. Our members are on the block 24-7, 365 days of the year to bring the change that our communities need. The GA members have come together with our strategic partners to make sure our communities have all the information they need to get out there and vote this election because our generation is facing a critical moment that will define our country for years to come. Too much is at stake in this election to sit this out…