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Unified Democratic Caucuses Deliver Critical Votes to Fix Elections Issue


February 8, 2024

PHOENIX- Military and overseas voters will get their 2024 ballots on time, and Arizona will deliver its 11 electoral votes in the upcoming presidential elections – even in the event of a recount – after the Arizona Legislature passed a bi-partisan package of emergency fixes today. Governor Hobbs is expected to sign House Bill 2785. The new law will move up Arizona's 2024 primary election date and adjust the five-day ballot curing period with new processes to ensure as many eligible votes as possible can be counted.  


Every Senate and House Democrat voted yes to pass the critical negotiated fixes with an emergency clause so county recorders and elections officials can implement the changes immediately. The measure passed first in the House by a vote of 56-2 with all Democrats voting yes. In the Senate, the bill passed 24-2.  


“From the moment negotiations began we had the simple request that the fix to this issue must not be weaponized to harm voters, and today I can confidently say that we have been successful,” Senate Democratic Leader Mitzi Epstein stated. “I applaud the work of Senator Priya Sundareshan and our staff that made sure this hard-fought bipartisan solution made it across the finish line. This is a moment of celebration because collaboration works. Arizonans have asked time and again for us to find common-sense bipartisan solutions to the state’s biggest problems and we have delivered.”  


"Our goal was a clean fix, and this bill comes very close. It's not perfect, but it is a true bi-partisan compromise that will protect voters and help keep our elections free, fair, and secure," said House Democratic Leader Lupe Contreras. "I'm proud of the work our members did to keep this plan alive and moving forward, including Representative Laura Terech who was instrumental to our success." 


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