Electing Mark Kelly is a priority for Arizona

Mark Kelly and Gabby–A great team for Arizona

 How many renters are probably unregistered in Arizona?  According to the US Census, there are over 7 million citizens in Arizona, and about 4,500,000 of those are over 18 and eligible to vote.  Since about a third of the population in Arizona are renters, that means over 1.5 million eligible voters are renters, and past census figures have shown only 50% of renters are registered, then over a  750,000 unregistered renters are in Arizona in 2020.

Why should I start a RegiterRenters.org program today?  There is very little time to register voters in Arizona.  The deadline for registrations being received is Monday, October 5, and there are over 1.5 million Arizonans who need to be registered before the next election.  If you want to see the full details on the RegisterRenters.org program, click here.  However, the following is more information about voter registration in Arizona that you might find useful, especially if you have social social media resources.  If you want to get lots of people started right now, please embed the link to this page in your Facebook page, a Twitter, an Instagram post or any other favorite media.  Or you can simply use the social links on this page.

Can renters register online in Arizona?  Although the process is a little intimidating, the fastest way to register is to CLICK HERE to go to the Arizona Secretary of State voter registration website.  However, about 20% of homes in Arizona do not have web connections, and this probably applies to most of the unregistered voters who are renters.  Again, this year all voter registrations, including re-registrations for those who have moved, must be completed by Monday, October 5.

Mail in ballots in Arizona? 

Q.  Given COVID19, can Arizona citizens request a mail in, or “absentee”, ballot online in Arizona? 

A.  An eligible voter must be registered to vote In the county in which the request is made.  I assume one would also need to have an accurate current address, so an address change might be necessary.  You can google click on this direct website link.

Should I start an official VRD (voter registration drive)?  There are some differences between RegisterRenters and a regulated VRD.  Well funded campaigns may prefer to use volunteers or hire solicitors, where legal, and train them to help voters complete an official voter registration form, which some states permit the solicitor to retain and deliver to the official voter registration site.  This enables the solicitor to be paid for each registration, where this is legal.  It also enables the campaign to make a photocopy of the voter’s registration form, where this is legal.  However, most official voter registration drives rely on person-to-person contact—difficult with Covid19.  They also usually mandate significant training, and involve substantial fines for any failures, including failure to deliver every voter registration form on time.  In all, the cost per registration might be at least $10, all in, or $69 in the official Florida drive   The link to the most current guidelines for official Voter Registration Drives can be found by clicking this link.

Where are the main concentrations of unregistered voters in Arizona?  There are about 4.5 million voters in Maricopa County, a million in Pima County, and almost half a million in Pinal county.  There are also a large group of unregistered voters on the Navajo reservation.  RegisterRenters.org has not ignored the potential unregistered voters in rural areas, but the costs per voter would be much higher, and the proportion of progressive voters has traditionally been lower.  This is not to mean RegisterRenters.org does not value these voters, but they must be targeted in local campaigns. 

RegisterRenters.org began with a very successful focus on local campaigns for legislative candidates in Colorado.  Since inception in 2004, we have helped win, sustain and increase majorities in both houses, even though our efforts have been declining as the ColoradoHouseMajorityProject.org has become stronger, the SenateMajorityProject has become successful, and we have elected a very progressive Governor.  Our part in this has been minimal as these organizations have taken leadership, the strength of their candidate recruitment and support has grown, and the legislative program has improved and become increasingly progressive.

If you support RegisterRenters.org or similar organizations on the local level, you will see your rural areas increasingly represented by caring, progressive candidates and office holders in your legislatures, your counties, cities and school districts.  But it takes time and commitment.  We can only hope we have the time.

How can we learn more about Mark Kelly, the Senate candidate?   What can we say?  Candidate recruitment is the most important element of politics.  If we had more candidates like Mr. Kelly, we would certainly have a better country.  You can find his site here:  https://markkelly.com/

By clicking on the site, you can learn about Mr. Kelly’s positions, his past, and how you can help.

One thing to note about Mr. Kelly is that he is not taking PAC money, although he cannot control the expenditures made by “soft money” sources.  Nevertheless, if you or your friends visit the site, we encourage you contribute, as we have on an individual basis.  While we have supported other candidates who are taking PAC money, we certainly hope that small donor contributions will eventually replace special interest funding.  The more individuals support campaigns, the less our officials will need to defer to special interests and spend time making fundraising phone calls..