Governor, Secretary of State Argue over Voting Aid at Nursing Homes Election Procedures

By Fischer, Howard | AZ Daily Star, September 24, 2020 | Go to article overview

Governor, Secretary of State Argue over Voting Aid at Nursing Homes Election Procedures


Fischer, Howard, AZ Daily Star


PHOENIX — The top elected officials of the two major parties are squabbling over election procedures. Hanging in the balance is the ability to vote for people in some nursing homes, hospitals and other places who can’t physically fill out ballots themselves but also can’t have visitors due to COVID-19.

Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs gave her blessing to allowing members of “special election boards” to help people fill out their ballots via telephone or video conference. She said that can be necessary when the facilities do not allow in-person visits, the normal procedure for board members to assist voters, because of COVID-19 restrictions.

But Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, in a letter to Hobbs, says there’s no legal basis for the “experiment” she has proposed.

“These policy changes should be suspended immediately so that Arizonans can continue to have confidence and faith in the integrity of our election system,” Ducey wrote.

Hobbs responded by telling Ducey the procedures were developed “in close collaboration with your staff and the Arizona Department of Health Services.”

Ducey, however, said it is “simply not an accurate representation” that what Hobbs and her staff showed them is what she wants to do.

Also, he said, “They are not election law experts, and do not have the authority to circumvent the legislative process or the election procedures manual process clearly defined by law,” he said.

Late Wednesday the governor upped the ante, asking Attorney General Mark Brnovich, also a Republican, to look into Hobbs’ action.

Hobbs said if Ducey believes such a procedure is illegal — a point she is not conceding — there is a simple remedy: Issue an executive order under the pandemic emergency authorizing this practice where necessary or, alternately, authorizing any other solution to ensure that all Arizonans get to vote.

Ducey has repeatedly used that authority to suspend other state laws.

For example, he declared that medical personnel providing certain assistance during COVID-19 are immune from civil liability for injuries they cause “notwithstanding any provisions of the Arizona Revised Statutes, laws, associated regulations, rules, policies or procedures.” Ducey also directed state liquor agents and police to ignore violations of laws that prohibit restaurants from selling alcoholic beverages to go.

And he decided to extend the expiration date of driver’s licenses of people 65 and older to protect their health by preventing them from having to visit Motor Vehicle Division offices during the pandemic.

But gubernatorial press aide Patrick Ptak said Ducey won’t do that here because this is different.

“We want to make sure that people have trust in the process and in the officials who are administering this election,” he said. …

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