(ConservativePeak.com)- Arizona’s House of Representatives is leading the way in establishing safer elections, passing an election integrity reform bill that stops elections from being swayed by money from private businesses and campaign groups.
Bill HB 2569 passed the Republican-controlled state House, with all Democrats opposing the bill. It passed 31 to 29 on March 3, and is now moving to the Arizona State Senate. Should the state Republican Party approve the bill, it is expected to pass thanks to the GOP majority of 16 to 14.
The final stage would require controversial Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who famously stood against President Donald Trump’s efforts to ensure election integrity following the November 2020 disaster.
The bill is simple but effective. It will amend Section 1, Title 16, Chapter 4, Article 1 of the Arizona Revised Code.
An addition to the bill reads:
“Notwithstanding any other law, this state and a city, town, county, school district or other public body that conducts or administers elections may not receive or expend private monies for preparing for, administering or conducting an election, including registering voters.”
It means that no money can be spent on the counting of ballots or any other process involved in holding an election by private groups.
State Republicans pushed the new bill after reports revealed how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used some $500 million of his company’s money to help facilitate the election in Democrat-dominated regions, effectively creating an imbalance turnout and a bias towards one party.
A report by the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society revealed how the money was donated to the Center for tech and Civic Lift, a left-wing nonprofit organization that funded ballot collection sites in Democrat jurisdictions. The authors of the report said that the group “considered state election integrity laws as obstacles and nuisances to be ignored or circumvented.”
“The provision of Zuckerberg-CTCL funds allowed these Democrat strongholds to spend roughly $47 per voter, compared to $4 to $7 per voter in traditionally Republican areas of the state (of Wisconsin),” the report also revealed.
Arizona state Rep. Jake Hoffman, who is the vice-chairman of the Government and Elections Committee and also the primary sponsor of the new bill, cited the massive donation from Zuckerberg as a reason why the legislation is important.
“2020 was unprecedented, for the first time in history Americans saw a leftist billionaire spend nearly half a billion dollars to influence the management and administration of our nation’s general election,” he said.
“Free and fair elections are a cornerstone of American exceptionalism and the American people, and the people of Arizona, resoundingly reject any attempts by the billionaire class to influence or control our elections process,” Hoffman added.
A number of other election-related bills were also recently passed in Arizona, including one that prohibits the mass mailout of ballots to voters who didn’t request ballots, and another that bands mandatory and automatic voter registration.