Advocacy Groups Urge Public Action to Protect the Freedom to Vote
PHOENIX — A coalition of Arizona advocates announced Democracy Pledge AZ, a new public initiative to urge Arizonans to commit to a number of principles that will protect the right to vote.
“No matter our color, background, or zip code, all Arizonans value our freedom to vote. With this pledge, Arizonans have a space to publicly demand practices that protect our access to the ballot and leaders who will protect our democracy,” said Alex Gulotta, All Voting is Local Arizona State Director. “As the Arizona legislature is proposing a slew of anti-voter bills, it’s more important than ever to make sure we do everything in our collective power to protect the right to the ballot box.”
Arizonans can visit democracypledgeaz.com to take the pledge and demand:
- The right to register to vote any time prior to the deadline without facing barriers.
- Access to the ballot, in-person and by mail, despite place of residence, language(s) spoken, or physical abilities.
- Freedom to vote without intimidation.
- Privacy of individual election information and easy access to public information.
- Respect for tribal sovereignty and consultation with tribes about elections.
- Nonpartisan counting of ballots and respect for and protection of results.
After signing the pledge, Arizonans can take direct action on the Get Involved page and contact their state legislators, urging them to protect the freedom to vote by promising to uphold these principles, allow public testimony, vote NO on anti-voter bills, and more.
The coalition consists of the following groups: All Voting is Local, American Association of University Women Arizona, Arizona Center for Empowerment, Arizona Center for Women’s Advancement, Arizona Democracy Resource Center, Arizona Faith Network, Arizona Jews for Justice, Arizona Students Association, AZ AANHPI for Equity, Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy, Chispa Arizona, Corazón Arizona (Federation of Faith in Action), Fuerte Arizona, Fuerte Arts Movement, Human Rights Campaign Arizona, Indivisible Arizona, Metropolitan Phoenix, Mi Familia Vota, NARAL, National Council of Jewish Women Arizona, One Arizona, Opportunity Arizona, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, Progress Arizona Institute, SEIU, Protecting Arizona’s Families Coalition (PAFCO), and YWCA.