ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona law restricting emergency voting centers goes into the books

Apr 18, 2019, 12:00 PM
(AP File Photo)...
(AP File Photo)
(AP File Photo)

PHOENIX – Arizona lawmakers who wanted to tighten control over the use of emergency voting centers before Election Day got their wish Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill sponsored by party member Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita that restricted the use of those centers. The law also required voters prove they had an emergency that will keep them from the polls on Election Day.

SB 1090 also left the decision of where the emergency centers would be located up to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

The measure should ease GOP frustration with Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, a Democrat, who opened five emergency voting centers ahead of the 2018 election and didn’t regulate the reasons for voters’ emergencies.

Arizona allowed anyone to vote up to 5 p.m. on the Friday before an election. After that, they must have an “unforeseen circumstance.”

SB1090P by Anonymous i8dZUjqpo on Scribd

Fontes oversees elections in Arizona’s largest county.

Ugenti-Rita also sponsored two other voting-related bills. Two weeks ago, her SB 1054 was signed into law. That one would end early-voting ballot signature problems.

SB 1046 would prohibit Arizona voters from dropping off mail-in ballots at polls on Election Day or during early voting.

Mail-in ballots were to be allowed only if they were actually mailed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer (Facebook Photo/Maricopa County Recorder's Office)...
Kevin Stone

Missouri man accused of threatening Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer

A Missouri man is under indictment for allegedly leaving a threating voicemail on Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer’s personal cellphone, authorities said Wednesday.
10 hours ago
(Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Man found shot in Phoenix street near freeway, dies at hospital

Police said a man was shot and died in a hospital early Wednesday in Phoenix and the search is on for a suspect.
10 hours ago
(Screenshot/ADOT Webcam)...
KTAR.com

Crash shuts down eastbound US 60 near Loop 202 in Mesa

An accident shut down eastbound U.S. 60 in Mesa early Wednesday, transportation officials said.
10 hours ago
Janet Murguia, president and CEO of UnidosUS, spoke about her group's "Count on Us" campaign at an ...
Griselda Zetino

Campaign launches to paint ‘accurate narrative about Latinos’ in Arizona

A national campaign aimed at highlighting the contributions Latinos make in Arizona and other parts of the U.S. recently launched in Phoenix.
10 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo/Taylor Tasler)...
Taylor Tasler

Police foundation hopes to raise money to remodel Phoenix Victim’s Center

The city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Foundation are making sexual assault and domestic abuse survivors a priority with new funding for its victim services center.  
10 hours ago
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone a podium...
SuElen Rivera

Maricopa County Sheriff Penzone says few responses from officials for election safety meeting

Paul Penzone said the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has received few responses following an announcement it will host a safety summit for elected officials and those seeking office on Thursday.
10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
Arizona law restricting emergency voting centers goes into the books