Just what Arizona needs: an imaginary ballot box to combat imaginary election fraud

 An election ballot drop box is shown outside Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 25, 2020. /Photo by Brandon Quester /AZCIR

Opinion: Sen. Kelly Townsend has come up with the perfect ‘election integrity’ bill: A ballot box that is a figment of her imagination to combat voter fraud that is a figment of her imagination.

By Laurie Roberts | Arizona Republic

Rep. Kelly Townsend is pushing Senate Bill 1571, which would require voters to take ballots to ‘smart’ drop boxes that don’t yet exist.

Comes now the latest in the Republicans’ unrelenting and at times unhinged assault against Arizona’s elections.   

Today’s victim: Arizona’s wildly popular early voting system, a decades-old program that was lauded as a national model until Donald Trump lost an election and Republican leaders lost their minds.

Senate Bill 1571 would bar voters who receive early ballots from dropping them in the mail. Instead, we’d have to take our ballots to a “smart” drop box.

One that doesn’t exist.

Townsend wants to make it harder for all to vote

This plan comes courtesy of Sen. Kelly Townsend, an Apache Junction Republican who is hoping to convince Tucson that she should represent them in Congress next year.  


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February 2022