Request To Speak Information. This is the tool that Arizona Citizens can use to have their comments read into the record when bills are under consideration in the COW (Committee Of the Whole). Herein you will find information on how the RTS works, how to register on the RTS, get LWVAZ Action Alerts, and see past Action Alerts.
We want to see Clean Elections strengthen with adequate funding mechanisms to deal with the demise of the matching fund provisions and the new rules under Citizen United and McCutcheon and allow funding for those candidates who want to run clean and transparent campaigns.
The League of Women Voters of Arizona believes in the election system principle of greater vote representation. The LWVAZ maintains that election system reform that provides a stronger voice for the greatest number of voters should have a positive effect on voter participation. Therefore, the LWVAZ:
- Supports changing the present election systems so that they more accurately represent the wishes of voters: Adopting the Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) system for single seat races; adopting proportional representation for multi-seat races, specifically Ranked Choice Voting.
- Believes that education of the voting public is important to election systems.
- Supports giving Arizona voters the option of more choice among election systems.
We want an education funding plan that enhances the equal opportunity of all students to have access to high quality teaching and learning, supported by quality current learning materials and well maintained educational facilities. Voters should not have to make this type of choice — between clean campaigns and education.
The League of Women of Arizona supports a state system that provides for a positive program to assist the economically disadvantaged in obtaining a greater measure of financial, physical and personal well-being, with emphasis on meeting basic human needs rather than on maintaining minimum expenditures. In order to assist persons in need, to assure the basic essentials of health and adequate standards of living, reduce dependency, and break the welfare cycle, the state of Arizona should:
LWVAZ supports the selection of judges by appointment, with voter approval for retention; and the retention of a judge in office only by simple a “yes” vote or “no” vote. This bill would undermine the current merit selection process that assures our judges are free of political bias and possessed of the proper qualities of temperament and intellect, yet retains ultimate control of the courts in the hands of the people with a simple majority of a “Yes” or “No” vote. Why would voting retention of judges need more than a simple majority when voting for candidates need only 50% plus 1?