Reagan eyes election omnibus bill

By Jeremy Duda

Arizona Capitol Times

After a handful of strange snags and unprecedented situations, Sen. Michele Reagan is eying a raft of changes to Arizona’s election laws.

Reagan, R-Scottsdale, is working with state, county and municipal election officials on an omnibus bill to address what she sees as a handful of inconsistencies and deficiencies in the statutes. She said she’s still in the fact-finding stage of the proposal, but has already identified several changes she feels need to be made.

Some are aimed at addressing issues that came in the past several years, such as the historic recall election against former Senate President Russell Pearce and the legal battle over the ballot language for Proposition 204.

“The overriding goal is not to knee-jerk on specific things that happened to specific candidates or on specific referendums. But let’s just make sure the statutes are clear,” Reagan said. “We should have some of this stuff nailed down in statute.”

Reagan said she’s been working on the bill for most of the summer. She’s hosted several stakeholder meetings with officials such as Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and Assistant Secretary of State Jim Drake. She also plans on bringing in Citizens Clean Elections Commission Executive Director Todd Lang and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

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