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    AZ Supreme Court Delivers Crucial Ruling on Voting Measure That Affects Dark Money in Politics

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    While Arizona works to pass legislation known as “The Voters’ Right to Know Act” that would require anonymous, dark money political donors to disclose to the public their legal names and how much they donate to attempts to influence campaigns and elections, temper tantrums continue to play out over the idea of transparency in election influence.

    “Arizona voters just moved one step closer to finding out who is trying to buy our elections. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has rejected a plea by the dark money crowd to block the Voters‘ Right to Know Act from the November ballot,” the Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts reported.

    “Score one for Sunshine. Arizona voters just moved one step closer to finding out who is trying to buy our elections.

    A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Wednesday rejected a plea by the “dark money” crowd to keep us, well, in the dark.

    Judge Joseph Mikitish wasn’t buying any of the phony baloney arguments aimed at denying voters the right to decide whether deep-pocketed donors should be able to secretly fund campaigns to get their picks elected to run this state,” Roberts stated.

    Despite vehement opposition from the leftist-liberal Democrats, the Arizona Supreme Court recently decided that the “Voters’ Right To Know Act” would be on the ballot in November.

    “The act would require any organization spending more than $50,000 on a statewide election or $25,000 on a local campaign to disclose the names of individuals who contributed $5,000 or more. Opponents of the initiative challenged the act in court, arguing that some of the signatures collected by petition circulators must be disqualified because the circulators failed to properly qualify with the Secretary of State,” reports Fox.

    The court decided that the registration procedure “prevented compliance with the statute” and concurred with a lower court’s decision not to invalidate any signatures.

    Terry Goddard, a former Democratic mayor of Phoenix and Arizona’s attorney general, is substantially responsible for the Voters’ Right To Know Act.

    In the filing for the ballot initiative, it is stated that “This Voters’ Right to Know Act secures for every Arizona voter the right to know who is trying to influence an Arizona election using paid, public communications. Major contributors will no longer be allowed to hide behind dark money.”

    According to Martin Walsh’s article for Conservative Brief, “Late last month, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down a proposed ballot initiative that, if approved by voters, would have revoked a handful of election-integrity laws passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature.”

    According to The Federalist,“Titled Proposition 210, the now-failed ballot initiative had the potential to completely overhaul Arizona’s election laws, several of which the state legislature recently passed. The 26-page proposal is very similar to the federal HR 1, the legislation previously introduced by congressional Democrats that would have resulted in a federal takeover of elections,”

    The outlet continued: “Among the proposed changes to Arizona election law were same-day voter registration, a repealing of ‘Arizona’s ballot harvesting ban,’ and ‘voter registration with minimal identification, such as a pay stub.” Other provisions in the initiative would have disqualified “electors who don’t choose the president selected by Arizona’s presidential election,’ eliminated ‘the 30-day residency requirement in order to vote,” and made it “harder to cancel voter registrations of inactive voters,’ among others.”

    Arizona’s legislature approved a bill last year that “requires the state to remove infrequent voters from the state’s Permanent Early Voting List, turning it into an ‘active’ early voting list.”

    In addition, Walsh noted, “GOP Gov. Doug Ducey also signed a bill earlier this year requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship in order to vote in federal elections, which has been subject of a lawsuit filed against Arizona by the Biden Department of Justice.”

    More on this story via The Republic Brief:

    According to the Associated Press, the state Supreme Court’s decision “upholds a lower court ruling issued hours earlier, in which Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Mikitish rejected thousands of signatures and said the initiative fell 1,458 signatures short of the 238,000 required to qualify for the ballot.” CONTINUE READING…

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