Arizona Talks: Free and Fair Elections

Arizona Talks: Free & Fair Elections

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Stephen Richer, Maricopa County Recorder
  • Heather Carter, Arizona State Senator (R), LD15

We invite you to join Arizona Talks Tuesday, March 22 at Greenwood Brewing in Downtown Phoenix for an evening of guest speakers sharing their stories, expertise, and a myriad of views from across the political spectrum. We’ll discuss the current state of our elections and how we can improve the electoral process.

Join us as we follow the raging debate on this crucial democratic process: holding elections and exercising the right to vote. How do we ensure that elections are both secure and inclusive? Should elections be more competitive, open, and less partisan? If so, what practices can be put in place to improve the quality of our elections to further our founders’ aim of creating a more perfect union? Come hear from experts on ways to ensure free, fair, and secure elections.

The Issue

We have heard from the loudest sides. Some point to possible weaknesses in the elections system and even claim the existence of widespread voter fraud. Others see new restrictions on voting as partisan suppression of marginalized communities and even compare these tactics to the Jim Crow era. There are those who view the design of the electoral system as being flawed in favor of hyper-partisanship.

In a democracy, the government derives authority from the consent of the electorate. What can we do to maintain faith in our electoral process? Where should the balance between secure elections and voter access lie? Where does election integrity end and voter suppression begin? These are some of the most important questions that can be asked pertaining to this ongoing experiment that is our Republic.


Notable Quotes

In opposition to a wave of voting law changes that many Democrats see as an attempt of vote suppression, Joe Biden stated in his speech on January 6th, “So, we have to be firm, resolute and unyielding in our defense of the right to vote and have that vote counted.”

Former president Trump in an interview with NPR stated, “If you look at the numbers, if you look at the findings in Arizona, if you look at what’s going on in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, by the way — and take a look at Wisconsin — they’re finding things that nobody thought possible. This was a corrupt election.”

On the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Senator Mark Kelly stated, “The Voting Rights Act was passed 55 years ago today, but we’ve seen voter suppression continue in recent years. We need to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote. The Senate needs to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.”

State Senate President Karen Fann recently commented on the voting audit happening in Arizona, “…this is not about Trump. This is not about overturning the election. This has never been about anything other than election integrity” and in a release, she wrote “We remain committed to ensuring election integrity as voter confidence is at the heart of what we set out to achieve in this endeavor. Our constituents deserve no less.”

Public Policy – New legislation at the state and federal levels are putting this issue in the national spotlight:

SB1485 was passed into law. This new legislation removes people from the early mail-in voting list if they do not vote by mail in two election cycles.

There are two ongoing ballot initiative campaigns in 2022: One that would require ID for mail in ballots and another that would require all voting to be in person with exceptions for absentee ballots.

The U.S. Senate is currently debating the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act that would bring about numerous changes in voting infrastructure and campaign finance.

The battle over redistricting is still shaping up as we head closer to 2022 elections.


Mar 22 2022


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Greenwood Brewing
425 East Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ 85004


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