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

Protect the Sanctity of Your Vote – If Not Us, Then Who? If Not Now, Then When?

Fellow Patriot,

If not us, then who?  If not now, then when?

Earlier this year, we made history together by bringing together over 17,000 volunteers nationwide to do what has never been done before – individually verify each signature placed on a petition brought forward to a government body for an election.

We need your help again!  Click here to help Arizona Verify their Petitions

Our work created a national dialogue on what kind of checks and balances should be in place before a statewide election is held, on who should and should not be signing petitions, and finally whose responsibility is it to ensure free and fair elections.

With the technology developed to verify the petitions signatures for the attempted recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, True the Vote created the first of it’s kind platform that allows grassroots activists to get intimately involved in the checks and balances needed to ensure that what we to vote on has been legally and fairly brought to the ballot.

We need your help again!  Click here to help Arizona Verify their Petitions

We made history in March.  And we can make history again today.  Continuing on our crusade to ensure free and fair elections, Arizona needs your help in verifying the signatures on a petition brought forward to significantly amend Arizona’s Constitution. Your help is critical in sending a loud and clear message that with the now available technology, We the People are no longer going to accept that petitions submitted are valid on their face.  Instead, We the People will stand together to review each and every signature to make certain that what eventually ends up on the ballot was brought their legally and fairly.

Time is of the essence!  Almost 360,000 signatures were submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State for this ballot initiative, and with our triple redundancy system over 1 million entries will need to be made.  Verify the Vote Arizona has made a target completion date of Friday, August 24th.  They have asked us to reach out to you, as someone who helped Wisconsin, to see if you could help out again today.

We need your help again!  Click here to help Arizona Verify their Petitions
While so many groups are always asking for money, today, we are only ask for a little time.  You’ve done it before, you know how easy it is, and your experience and patriotism is needed again today.  For more information please go to: http://verifythevoteaz.org/get-involved/verify-the-petitions/
Onward,Catherine Engelbrecht
President and Founder, True the VoteP.S. Arizona is running out of time.  Please CLICK HERE to help them enter in over 1 million records to ensure the petitions submitted for the “Top Two” primary initiative were brought forth legally and fairly.  Verify the Vote Arizona’s initial data entry is revealing a high rate of invalid signatures, enough to potentially bring forward a legal challenge against the measure’s inclusion on the November 6th ballot.  Your help is critical, CLICK HERE to join Arizona TODAY.

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