January 25, 2022

Arizona has long embraced voting by mail but it could get harder

A flurry of legislation could change where Arizonans vote and how those votes are counted.

360 vote here sign A sign directs voters to a polling site set up at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson on Nov. 3, 2020.
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Voting by mail is popular in Arizona.

But legislators have proposed a flurry of bills at the state Capitol to restrict voting by mail and where Arizonans can vote in person.

Several bills, such as House Bill 2571, would strictly limit who can vote by mail.

A bill approved by the Senate Government Committee on Monday would prohibit local governments from holding elections entirely by mail — a move opponents argue would undercut turnout for often overlooked but important votes.

And while Pima County is aiming to use vote centers in future elections to let voters cast a ballot at any polling place, rather than in a particular precinct, proposed legislation would prohibit vote centers altogether.

Recorder Gabriella Cázares-Kelly talked with AZPM's Andrew Oxford about how some of these proposed laws could impact voters in Pima County.

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