Arizona GOP Drafts Bill To Fix Voting. If The State Votes Blue, They'll Fix It!
Arizona House Ways and Means Committee Chair Shawnna Bolick is saying the quiet part out loud. On Wednesday, she introduced a bill to allow Arizona legislators to award the state's Electoral College votes to their preferred candidate at any time up until a new president is sworn in on January 20, irrespective of the will of the voters. Because elections, who needs 'em, right?
"The legislature retains its legislative authority regarding the office of presidential elector and by majority vote at any time before the presidential inauguration may revoke the secretary of state's issuance or certification of a presidential elector's certificate of election," she wrote.
How Bolick intends to snatch back those electoral votes after Congress certifies the count on January 6 is unclear. But that's hardly the worst problem with this wildly undemocratic piece of crap bill.
Aside from the whole overturning the election thing, Bolick made sure to specify that "The legislature may take action pursuant to this subsection without regard to whether the legislature is in regular or special session or has held committee or other hearings on the matter." Note that she doesn't say there has to be a quorum present when they have this little "majority rules" confab to override the vote. So, under this bill, Arizona's Republican legislators could huddle up in the basement and agree to award the state's electoral votes to the Republican candidate without even inviting Democrats to the party — something they tried to do this year. Only this time, their slate of cosplay electors would magically become real. Hooray!
Bolick's law would also clean up all those pesky rules of evidence and procedure which doomed the eleventy-seven junk lawsuits filed by Republicans this cycle.
Standing? Under this bill, any candidate for state elector gets it automatically.
Failed to contest a voting procedure in the primary, but now that your candidate lost, you'd like to use it as a pretext to overturn the results in the general? Never fear, this bill defines all election suits filed within five days of certification of the results as "timely." Laches be gone!
Is your evidence just a pile of affidavits from tinfoil hat-wearing loons hyping the latest nonsense from 4chan about Sharpies damaging their ballots? Just ask for a jury trial, and it will be illegal for the judge to dismiss the case for any reason.
In an election contest jury trial, a court may not grant a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment that would result in dismissal until after the jury has issued its verdict.
Neat-o! Or ... the opposite of that. What kind of fascist nutjob would propose such a thing?
The Arizona GOP is currently in the midst of a civil war, with Chemtrail Kelli Ward leading the state party in motions to censure Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain. Notably the state's Republican Governor Doug Ducey did not join the effort to overturn the election, and Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers nixed plans to overturn the will of the voters with a special session to confer legitimacy to the fake electors.
As for the state's Democrats, they're certainly not taking any shit.
"Referendums are expensive but I will raise the money to kill this Democracy killing bill," tweeted Rep. Ruben Gallego. "Follow this bill if it passes we will have 90 days after it is signed into law to collect the necessary signatures to get it on the ballot and then defeat it."
Godspeed, Congressman! And we're guessing you won't have any trouble ginning up cash to flush this crap.
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