To those who care about fair elections:
We’re a grassroots team of election integrity activists. Our goal: official election results in the Arizona Presidential Preference Election (Presidential Primary) that accurately represent the votes of all qualified voters who attempted to vote.
If the results of the March 22, 2016 election are certified without full investigation and remediation, we are prepared to contest the election in court. Should an investigation reveal problems significant enough to have affected the outcome of the election, we will seek a re-vote in June as remedy.
Funds are urgently needed to retain our selected legal counsel and file the lawsuit.
As you may know, a number of very serious things went wrong in Arizona on March 22nd:
1) Our preliminary forensics indicate that at least 150,000 voters in the state’s largest county, Maricopa, were disenfranchised by prohibitive wait times at the polls (in many cases reaching up to six hours), owing to a massive reduction in polling places.
Maricopa County had only 1/6 the number of polling places in this election as in the 2008 Presidential Preference Election, the last similar election when no incumbent was running. Many voters waited for most of a business day, but many others were forced to return to jobs or left for health or disability reasons, without being able to vote.
2) due to registration issues: despite having registered with the party of their choice, voters’ registrations were listed as invalid or featured the wrong party affiliation or no party affiliation, disqualifying them from receiving a ballot listing their candidate of choice.
This affected voters from both major political parties. Many individuals facing this issue were turned away from the polls; others used provisional ballots, the vast majority of which were not counted.
3) The reported numbers for Arizona’s statewide election day turnout simply do not add up: a comparison to 2008 shows a slight increase in early voter turnout, yet a staggering decrease in election-day turnout numbers which does not match with what clearly took place. One Arizona news outlet reported an estimate of 800,000 voters at the polls, yet the recorded ballot totals are nowhere near reflecting this.
4) A number of early ballots were invalidated for unexplained reasons. For these reasons, and more, it is vital to challenge the certification of this election through legal action. We hope that you will consider standing with us by donating to our campaign; all of us, nationwide, will ultimately benefit from this struggle for a more transparent democracy, free of disenfranchisement and voter suppression.
IMPORTANT: This is preliminary emergency funding to get our case filed within the very tight window the law requires. We’ll be doing a separate fundraising campaign for the case as a whole, so stay tuned!
-Why are we asking for money?
Every cent raised through this campaign will be used for legal fees and directly associated costs. Our lead counsel is attorney Michael Kielsky of Udall Shumway PLC. He has been involved in a number of highly relevant election cases.
-Why launch a grassroots legal action? Why can’t the campaigns deal with it themselves?
Elections belong to the people, not the candidates! Regardless of who was disenfranchised in Arizona — and regardless of who they intended to vote for — the people must stand up for the rights of voters. This is an issue that goes beyond candidate, beyond party.
What took place in Arizona on March 22 was an affront to basic democratic principles, and has implications for the future of democracy nationwide. In fact, there are increasing reports of similar cases of voter disenfranchisement through faulty registration occurring in several other primary states that have yet to vote. As election integrity advocates, we must necessarily be non-partisan, separate from official ties to any specific party or campaign. By standing together, we can do what a single campaign’s legal team cannot.
-Why trust us?
We’re a group of election integrity activists who have been fighting for democracy for many years. AUDIT AZ (Americans United for Democracy, Integrity and Transparency in Elections) assisted with winning the RTA election records lawsuit awarding the largest yield of electronic elections data in the country to date, obtained numerous measures to make elections more transparent and verifiable and engaged in a relentless pursuit of legal justice for rigged elections. Just last Fall, AUDIT AZ was key force that prevented Pima County’s attempt at rigging another bond election.
No other organization has the field experience and practical knowledge to negotiate the bureaucratic and legal landscape behind one of the most corrupt states in the nation.
Your timely donations of $30.00 or more are crucial at this stage in the Presidential Primary:
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