State of Arizona – Senate - Forty-seventh Legislature - Second Regular Session - 2006
Representative Doug Quelland (Dist #10 R)
AMENDING TITLE 16, CHAPTER 4, ARTICLE 1, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 16-410;
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 16, chapter 4, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 16-410, to read:
16-410. Emergency election postponement; declaration
A. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE CLERK OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF EACH AFFECTED COUNTY, THE SECRETARY OF STATE MAY ISSUE A DECLARATION POSTPONING THE DATE OF AN ELECTION AS THE RESULT OF CIVIL DISORDER, A NATURAL DISASTER, A STATE OF EMERGENCY OR ANY OTHER CATASTROPHIC EVENT. ON ISSUANCE OF THE DECLARATION, THE AFFECTED ELECTION IS POSTPONED.
B. THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL PROMPTLY SET A DATE ON WHICH THE POSTPONED ELECTION WILL BE HELD. THE DATE OF THE POSTPONED ELECTION SHALL NOT BE LATER THAN FOURTEEN CALENDAR DAYS AFTER THE ORIGINAL DATE OF THE ELECTION.
Representative Doug Quelland called to inform me that he is willing to pull the bill and redraft something less scary.
How this bill got its start is a story all by itself.
The story starts with Letter from the Department of Defense dated January 3rd, 2006 (time stamped January 10th, 2006 by the Secretary of State's office) from J. Scott Wiedmann - Deputy Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
Two and a half pages of what Arizona needs to do for them to make it easier for Military personel to vote should they be called to service on short notice.
Where Representative Quelland got the idea to empower the Secretary of State to call off an entire election is a mystery that I was unable to solve. Representative Quelland claimed that it was due to a request from the Pentagon but the letter makes no mention of it.
What the letter does ask for is for the Secretary of State and the FVAP to "establish expeditious methods for handling absentee ballots including electronic transmission."
The end result of all of this is to create a method by which any "emergency" could trigger the paperless voting of all military personel that would then be transmitted to the State of Arizona by the Military Industrial Complex itself.
(Sometimes I don't think I'm paranoid enough)