Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Arizona legislature bans walking dead from receiving ballots in mail. Walking dead responds by offering to carry ballots for the living.

Yep. The feckless factless fear-mongers are at it again. Here's a report on a bill to make it illegal for the dead to receive a ballot from the Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required).

A bill to keep voters from casting ballots using the names of dead people received preliminary approval Monday in the Arizona Senate even though there was no evidence that type of fraud was occurring in the state.

I guess that's OK, but what if the dead people want to vote?

Arizona conservatives are pushing the legislation in the wake of legislative victories that include limiting the collection of early ballots and erecting more hurdles to get initiatives on the ballot.

Republicans say the measures help protect against voter fraud while Democrats argue the moves limit voter participation.

Especially participation by the walking dead.

Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, sponsored the bill that would expand efforts of the secretary of state to match voter registration with death records to check for instances of identity theft.

The goal is to eliminate voter fraud that could occur when, for example, a mail-in ballot is sent to the home of someone who recently died.

The state, however, has not prosecuted a single case of such fraud in at least five years, said Matt Roberts, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office.

“We support the bill because it does build on those efforts. Anytime you can introduce measures that make it harder to cheat, those are pieces of legislation that we would generally support,” Roberts said.

I suggest a friendly amendment: forbid the walking dead from casting mail-in ballots thus forcing them to go to the polls.

House Bill 2084 now awaits a formal vote in the Senate. It received bipartisan support in the House where it passed unanimously last month.

At last! Our legislators have agreed on one piece of legislation. Now if they would do some meaningful things about education, roads, child health, encouraging electoral participation ...

Oops. Strike the last one. That might lead to ballots mailed to the dead.

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