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Independent Voters: Any Registered Voter May Vote in the Primary, even if not registered with a Party. You can request a party for the primary and still be independent. Request here or go to any Early Voting Site or Polling place.
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Answers to Readers' Questions
Why do people who vote only for federal candidates not have to prove citizenship?
Arizona is one of very few states that have specific procedures by which people have to prove citizenship. This happened through citizen initiative. This was challenged in the Supreme court which determined that the law only applies to state and local candidates, not federal ones. Federal law does not require proof, just a signature affirming citizenship. Penalties are severe. If you are a citizen but do not have adequate proof such as a birth certificate, in Arizona you can only vote for federal candidates.
Can you tell me your position on paper pollbooks and paper ballots? As a software engineer, we must NOT trust electronic pollbooks or voting systems in this election - they can potentially be hacked.
Thank you for your advocacy and expertise on election security. I've been researching voting systems and electronic options for many years. I agree that electronic ballots are not safe or secure and have insufficient audit capabilities. As Recorder, I will not support electronic ballots and will fight for paper ballots if there is an attempt to institute them. State law requires a paper trail.
I was on a Zoom call this last week with Election's Officials from PA, MI, and WI. What I see in many other states are systems that are unable to adapt to change and mistakes are occurring due to their lack of planning, experience, and inability to embrace some new technologies. I believe this is just as much of a threat to our election system as the cybersecurity threat. Arizona has moved technology forward but at a slow and managed pace. I will always be vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity measures like; keeping equipment up to date, pushing out patches, working with SOS, DHS, Pima County, and local agencies, continually running penetration exercises, ongoing employee training, and accountability metrics in place for all staff. Embracing technology needs to be well throughout, process-driven, and executed with backup plans.
At the Recorder's Office, I received the daily classified briefing from DHS on cybersecurity threats and am well aware of the threats within our country and abroad. I also attended all the SOS meetings and tabletop events. As you know, they are real and can not be ignored. I do believe that E-Pollbooks would solve a lot of issues with provisional ballots and will cut down on any Election Day issues while offering more voters the opportunity to cast a ballot. I also believe that E-Pollbooks can be a safe and viable option for Election Day voting. We already use an electronic access system for our early voting locations. That being said, there will always, always, always be a backup paper system.
My background is in process improvement and troubleshooting issues. It's what I did in the corporate world. I'm trained in 6-sigma and Kaizen process strategies. Any E-book rollouts would be planned and executed in a smart, methodical manner, again, with paper backup. No hiccups like Maricopa saw in 2018 or GA or what we are going to see on the East Coast in November.
I hear the Yaquis don’t get to vote early like the rest of us. Why not?
That is a misunderstanding: Every registered voter is entitled to vote by mail. More than 1,825 people who live on the Pascua Yaqui Tribe get their ballots in the mail via the Permanent Early Voting List. These postage-paid ballots can be voted and returned through the postal system. What they do not have this year is an Early Voting Site on tribal land. In the past, few people used the site and ballots could not be properly secured. The location was moved to the Valencia Mission Library where security of the ballots was better.
There has always been, and will be, a polling place at the tribal offices on Election Day. Voters who have not mailed their early ballots can easily drop them off at this location and voters who chose not to vote-by-mail will have the opportunity to cast their vote. If elected, I will work with the Tribe to establish a secure Early Voting Site that best serves the Pascua Yaqui community.