Recent research uncovered a potential voter suppression issue in the City of Chandler’s non-partisan election process. Most votes are cast via mail, but only registered Republicans and Democrats are automatically sent mail-in ballots if they are on the permanent early voter list; independent and third-party voters must request one.
Many voters don’t realize this is the case, so, in the 2014 election, there were roughly 54,000 registered voters that did not register as a Republican or Democrat. Approximately 1,200 of these voters took the required additional steps to receive a ballot. The remaining 52,800 were likely unaware that they had to request a ballot and therefore did not have the same access to vote.
This is called voter suppression and I am 100% against it at both the city and state level.
Voters recently asked Nora Ellen (current City of Chandler council member and my opponent in the LD 17 House of Representatives race), through social media, to share her stance on this critical issue, which is controlled by the city. She first replied and then deleted her post, and then refused to state her opinion when requested!
How is it possible that an elected city official will not offer an opinion on a critical issue like this? And if Nora will not stand up for her beliefs at the city level, how in the world will she represent us at the state level? This is not leadership.
A vote for me is a vote for strong leadership. I will always stand up publicly for what I believe in and fight for what is right for our communities.