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Alan Korwin’s 2022 Arizona Ballot Analysis

If people send me valid comments
I may change my outlook.
Vote On Election Day.*
You’re an American. You can do this.  
The real dirt comes out at the end,
wait for all of it before you vote.
Some candidates may be dead, disgraced, dropped out,
in prison or worse by Election Day. Happens all the time.


In Arizona citizens can amend the state Constitution and statutes by direct action.

Props numbered in the 100s are constitutional amendments.
Props numbered in the 200s are citizen initiatives to create or amend statutes.
Props numbered in the 300s are proposals from our lawmakers to voters to pass or amend laws.
Props numbered in the 400s are local proposals to pass or amend laws (none here).

We have ten this year:

128 NO
129 YES
131 NO
132 YES
209 NO
211 NO
308 NO
309 YES
310 NO

Funny thought—since some people will vote NO on all propositions out of frustration (and ignorance), it makes sense to word your proposition so a NO vote gets you a yes, and you win. Say what? e.g., Prop X: Do you want you taxes to go down? NO! (tax increase); Do you want government to protect your right to arms? NO! (Confiscation); Should we protect our borders? NO! You get the idea. Study the propositions and choose wisely.

Propositions for Constitutional Amendments

128 NO.

Let the legislature change citizen-enacted constitutional amendments, but only if the state or U.S. Supreme Courts have found the amendments are either illegal or unconstitutional. Right now, legislators are banned from acting on our citizen actions even if the proposals were poorly prepared and legally defective. This would fix that.

However: an obscured deceptive clause allows them to abandon original intent, and change the meaning and intent with no control of any kind, including spending money allocated. This detestable element, granting unbridled power legislators should not have should not be there. This measure would be OK, correcting a real problem, if only they left out the “we can do whatever we want” clause (¶14).

129 YES.

Ballot initiatives must cover a single issue, a good idea, instead of sandwiching a really good idea in with some bad ones, to get the bad ones passed. The state legislature is supposed to act this way too, but they sometimes don’t, with great excuses. This isn’t perfect, because who decides if a proposal is single issue (schools, water, guns, medicine)? Answer: legislators. If they get it wrong, their standard answer is, “so sue us.” The Arizona Supreme Court said initiatives don’t have to be single issue, anything goes, this overturns that.

130 MAYBE.

Organizes existing property tax exemptions, OK if done well. Also exempts disabled veterans (as defined) from property taxes (and widows and widowers). Great idea, but how about the rest of us? You never own your home, you in effect rent from the government, even after paying your mortgage. Expect disabled veterans (disabled in service related event or afterwards) to start owning new property in their names.

131 NO.

Creates the office of Lieutenant Governor of the same party as Governor. You’d vote for both at once (not a choice, a team). Has a lot of support because if the Governor becomes unable to serve (prison, controversy, injury, death, mental case, traveling out-of-state, etc.) the Secretary of State (SOS) becomes Governor. Outside moneyed interests have made a campaign out of electing SOSs from different parties to help upset the voter’s will. Arizona has suffered this several times (right now SOS Katie Hobbs, democrat, would take over if Doug Ducey (republican) left office). Fixing that is the driving force.

On reflection though, this means expanding the size and cost of government. If you support that raise your hands. See? No hands. Amazing how good people seek to fix a problem by pressing for more government! The Lt. Gov. position will need office space (nice office space), a personal assistant (or dozens), supplies, desks, equipment, toilet paper, the works. And armed guards, with training, an armorer and security details. Trips to Hawaii and Aruba for conferences, no end to what our electeds come up with. In Texas, the Lt. Gov. is an outspoken player, good, but still... Elect a same-party governor and competent SOS. End the problem by voting right, not by expanding government. By the way—the new Lt. Gov. would control the Dept. of Administration, with fingers in all pies, and a budget of $2,400,000,000 ($2.4 billion).

132 YES.

Prevents tax-increase proposals on the ballot from passing with less than 60% of the vote, a very high hurdle. Currently only 50% is required. No more taxation! This one seems to be a total great idea with no visible down side. The takers, groups and people feeding at the public trough are totally against it, makes it harder for them to get stuff.

Propositions for new statutes

209 NO.

Allows people in debt to skip payment, shifting the burden to tax payers. Who would even suggest such a thing? Rationale, it might help fight inflation (say what?) and make it harder to get credit (since payment is not assured). California money from SCIU is trying to pushing this on us.

211 NO. NO. NO.

Require private groups to disclose their donors (if they exceed a spending threshold). Violates the right to privacy, infringes on the right freely to assemble. Would allow unscrupulous players to directly and personally attack donors, especially for controversial issues like abortion, gun ownership, taxation, religion, charities, school choice, any disfavored positions or beliefs. Only one party proposes monstrosities like this, planning for harassment, manipulate our politics with intimidation and threats, I won’t state the obvious, you know who.

308 NO.

Force taxpayers to subsidize illegal aliens (undocumented workers, refugee migrants, unpapered immigrants, got aways, repeat removals, dreamers, etc.), at our universities, the same as in-state students tuition cost. Higher out-of-state tuition prices make sense, would still be available. If American citizens from out of state must pay out-of-state rates, there is no rational to let people here illegally pay less. Pay the same as citizens from out-of-state pay.

309 YES.

The Arizonans for Voter ID Act. Forbids voting in person without valid, government-issued photo ID, and includes requirements to ensure legitimate voting by mail. We still have voting spread out over a month, and other problems, that need to be fixed next time or by the legislature.

310 NO.

It’s a tax increase. “But it’s small, only 1/10th of one percent (0.01%),” you may hear. No. “But it’s for the fire districts statewide!” Still no. “But it only raises $200 million and they need it!” No. Cut waste. Trim bureaucracy. Spend more wisely.

Retention of Judges—NO to all

They don’t support fully informed juries (remember the John Peter Zenger trial).
If all of them are tossed, we start fresh, shake the system to its roots—
that’s totally unlikely, this is more of a protest to have low retention votes.
“In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.” –Lenny Bruce

Fix the endemic problems in the judiciary: Bad arrests, overcrowding, plea bargain threats, almost no jury trials, charge stacking, prosecutors in bed with the system, constitutional defense denied, voir dire (legalese for jury packing); so many judges may get 99% approvals in the booklet, but that doesn’t reflect the state of affairs in the Justice Dept. now does it...

*Background and Details Oh -- is it too late?

Did you vote already?

You would vote differently now that you’ve read this memo?

Our Constitution leaves the “Times, Places and Manner” of holding elections up to the States (subject to Congress to prevent States from screwing around too much.) To bring order to the system, in 1875, Congress enacted 2 USC §7, the familiar first Tuesday after the first Monday in November guideline:

“The Tuesday next after the 1st Monday in November, in every even numbered year, is established as the day for the election, in each of the States and Territories of the United States...”

We have now gravitated to this bizarre (and in my opinion unhealthy) phenomenon of a stretched out election, where newscasters and politicians rant “We’re in the middle of an election!” for weeks on end, and use that as an excuse for all sorts of shenanigans, as you’re seeing on nightly broadcasts (can’t really say “news casts”). It's so bad it almost qualifies as a plot to undermine the nation.

The nation is supposed to rise up as one, on a single day, and choose its leaders. Simple, clean, final, honest, done. Get the count in the morning. The gold standard for legitimate fair elections. What sort of unethical malfeasants could put us in this election season miasma?

Instead, we have this mess going on literally for months, dragging the vote out into a process. “Millions have already voted!” partisans bleat, and one candidate for president came close to death, potentially wasting all the ballots of those who voted from him... what then? One primary candidate here quit but not before he got 20,000 votes, all wasted.

The election is coming from letter carriers and the mailbox, instead of voters and the ballot box. Illinois had a candidate for governor (Blagojevich) convicted and imprisoned on felony charges, but still gathering early votes! Don’t vote early and waste yours. Besides, all the juicy dirt comes out near the end.

Don’t vote early! I have to tell you this? The parties tell you to vote early. They’re afraid you’ll forget. They figure you’re idiots. They earn your distrust. You haven’t even gotten this analysis until now. And I might change it as I learn more. What, have you got shpilkese? (Ants in the pants.) Are you fully informed? No, if you vote before Election Day.

As you likely know by now, I don’t endorse or oppose candidates—just no way to know if they are or will remain good or bad. McCain as you may recall seemed really good, then wrote a bill to secretly and totally close down gun shows and arrest the promoters You’re on your own on candidate selections (though I will file a complete ballot of course). Most folks just go party line, and that divide (Democrat/Republican, Left/Right, Liberal/Conservative) is beautifully explained here: Give it the five minutes. Some people call that the control party vs. the freedom party, an oversimplification.

I can however study the propositions, and make a reasonably informed choice. Now you have what I found. I remain open to change. So don’t vote early. But do vote. You’re an American. You can do this.

Permission to circulate this is gladly granted.


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