Convicted Felons Attempt to Change Arizona Constitution

Thousands Of Signatures Gathered Illegally

(Phoenix, AZ) – Verify the Vote, Arizona, has identified nearly 600 petitions circulated illegally by convicted felons in support of the “Open Government/Open Elections Act” and over 7,000 petitions circulated by individuals whose identities, as submitted on the circulated petitions, could not be confirmed. The felons have gathered a portion of the 9,053 petitions having some sort of irregularity circulated in support of the Act. This initiative is designed to change how primary elections are conducted as set forth by the Arizona State Constitution.

Irregularities range from circulators being felons convicted of fraud and forgery to failing to register with the Secretary of State as an out-of-state circulator as required by law. One circulator of over 600 petitions, whose identity could not be confirmed, used Petition Partner LLC’s address as her residence. Petition Partners LLC is a company paid to circulate the petitions by proponents of the initiative. Many other circulators whose identity could not be confirmed appeared to have used various motels and hotels in and around the Valley as their “residence”.

Under Arizona law, in order for a circulator to circulate initiative petitions in the State of Arizona they must:

  • Be residents of Arizona and be qualified to be registered voters, meaning they are at least 18, they are citizens of the United States, and they are not felons whose civil rights haven’t been restored; OR
  • Be U.S. Citizens residing in another State who has registered with the Secretary of State as an out-of-state circulator and, if they were residents of Arizona, be eligible to become a registered voter in this state (be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and are not convicted felons whose civil rights have yet to be restored).

According to Jennifer Wright of Verify the Vote, Arizona:

“What we have found makes all of the signatures gathered by the felons invalid. Our initial count indicates this will be in the thousands. Our investigation continues on the validity of the 358,000 signatures accepted by the Secretary of State. We are alarmed and shocked by the rate of questionable circulators – and questionable signatures.”

Verify the Vote, Arizona will not file suit but make their findings available to the media and qualified organizations interested in challenging the petition filing in court.

MORE DETAILS OF THE PETITION IRREGULARITIES

Out of the 9,053 petitions with Irregularities:

  • 7,030 petitions were circulated by persons who Verify the Vote, Arizona, was unable to verify the identity of the circulator based on the name and address used by the circulator
  • 582 were circulated by convicted felons
  • 221 were circulated by individuals who DID NOT appear to have a social security number

The remainder failed to register with the Secretary of State as out-of-state circulators

Broken down by subcategory:

Out of the 1,842 petitions circulated by 35 individuals who FAILED to register with the Secretary of State as out-of-state circulators:

  • 53 were circulated by convicted felons
  • 75 were circulated by by individuals who did not appear to have a social security number
  • 1,004 were circulated by persons who Verify the Vote, Arizona, was unable to verify the identity of the circulator based on the name and address used by the circulator

Out of the 2,830 petitions circulated by 39 individuals who DID register with the Secretary of State as out-of-state circulators:

  • 102 were circulated by convicted felons
  • Two of the circulators have active warrants and are considered fugitives from the law
  • 44 were circulated by individuals who did not appear to have a social security number
  • 2178 of the petitions were circulated by individuals who Verify the Vote, Arizona was unable to verify the identify of the circulator based on the name and address the circulator used when circulating the petitions

Of the 4,381 petitions circulated by 36 individuals who purported to be Arizona residents:

  • 427 were circulated by convicted felons
  • 102 were circulated by individuals who did not appear to have a social security number
  • One of the circulators is in the midst of forgery charges and the petitions submitted have clear instances of fraud
  • 3,848 of the petitions were circulated by individuals who Verify the Vote, Arizona could not verify the identity of the circulator based on the name and address the circulator used when circulating the petitions

While the exact number of signatures on the 9,053 petitions have not been individually counted as of yet, based on the commonly accepted average of eleven signatures per page, these petitions may equate to over 99,000 petition signatures.

Verify the Vote, Arizona is a non-partisan organization committed to ensuring free and fair elections and further ensuring ballot measures are legal and fair.

For More Information Contact:
Ed Phillips
edphillipsgroup@gmail.com
480-648-5599

True the Vote is a 501 (c) 3 organization
Verify the Vote, Arizona is filing paperwork to become a 501 (c) 3 organization


Comments

  1. Gee, I wonder what is the lesser of two evils: convicted felons trying to shove “top 2” down our throats, or the loathsome scum in the Arizona Education Association (teacher’s union) trying to cram a life-long state sales tax down our throats?

    Get ready for a multi-million dollar “it’s-for-the-chillllllldren” TV, radio, and mail campaign from these union goons trying to grasp job security in a bloated, over-populated profession. Since these rodents have failed in their support to stuff Arizona schools to the rafters with illegal aliens (records show school enrollments dropped after the signing of SB 1070), now we’ll hear a song and dance about how the “quality “of education must be maintained. Between felons and white-collared teamsters, I’lll take the felons.

  2. I thought top 2 was already confirmed tobe on the ballot due to the judge’s ruling.

    Personally, I cannot believe after all the problems had with leftists controlling AZ that they are once again gaining a stronghold in AZ. RIGHT TO WORK has gotten polluted by the unions and legislators that have felt the need to legislate away liberty.

    We in AZ need to get our state back. We have too many corporations running the state for their own good rather than for WE THE PEOPLE.

    AZ education has never ranked as one of the best in the country and with the way it is currently run it really SUCKS.

    It is no wonder that so many parents are homeschooling although a lot of them think they are homeschooling when it is really just the system in their homes. The pubic online schools aren’t any better than the regular classrooms due to the way their curriculums, and school requirements have gotten so entanged with the rest of the problem. It is insane how liberal our schools have become. The children are being taught that America is bad and socialism, communism, etc., would be a better way to go.

    WIth AZ being such a pro 2nd Ammendment state it is too bad that there aren’t school teaching students how to properly bear arms along with what the rest of the CONSTITUTION is REALLY about. AZ is already listed as a radical state why isn’t there more to prove it. I am betting that the crime rate would go even lower in AZ if felons thought that children had been taught how to take care of themselves instead of reliance on the govt.

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