By Dillon Rosenblatt | Arizona Capitol Times
For the first time since 2019, Gov. Doug Ducey brought out his veto pen today saying no to an election bill from Rep. John Kavanagh that passed both chambers unanimously.
HB 2360 would give complete authority to the Secretary of State’s Office to operate and maintain the online voter registration system, removing it from the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Kavanagh had pitched the bill as putting the voter registration system in its rightful place under the Secretary of State’s Office, but Ducey‘s office panned it as unnecessary.
“The Arizona Department of Transportation has developed a site and a system that Arizonans recognize and appreciate,” Ducey wrote in his veto letter.
Ducey has not used his veto pen often, and this is his first veto since 2019.
In total, since 2015, Ducey has signed 2,016 bills and vetoed 80 — including today’s veto. His predecessor, Gov Jan Brewer, also a Republican, vetoed bills at much higher rate (141 vetoes to 1,782 bills signed into law).