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Letter from the Chair: Step 1: Learn; Step 2: Sign

Updated: Mar 2

By Victoria Kauzlarich, Chair, LD3 Dems

This week we’re here to give you a two-minute video tutorial on Arizona’s Corporation Commission courtesy of Imogene and Emma AND a less-than-two-minute guide to signing candidate petitions online.  Then we’re going to put you to work - easy work - fast work.

Did you hear that this week, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved yet another rate increase for customers? The four Republican commissioners voted yes in favor of APS, and Anna Tovar, the lone Democratic voice on the commission, voted in favor of the people.

It is almost universally true that Arizona voters do not know what the Arizona Corporation Commission is or what it does.  Are you among them?  If so, take heart and get smart.  Watch this:

That was fun, wasn’t it?  Yeah, I thought so, too.

And, now that you know what Arizona’s Corporation Commission does, I also know that you’re just dying to sign Joshua, Ylenia and Jonathon’s candidate nominating petitions online!  Am I right?  Of course I am!  

Sign for Candidates Online

As long as we're here, we’re going to take this opportunity to have you help get Dem candidates on the ballot from the top of the ticket to the bottom.  Those down-ballot races are crucial to all of us.  This is the most important first step in any election cycle: to get our candidates qualified to run.  Some of our candidates require thousands of signatures to get on the ballot.  You can make a difference for them.

Before we provide your online guide, a little background is in order.

The only thing more efficient, effective and safe than mail-in voting is signing a candidate’s nominating petition online.  It is fast, easy and foolproof.  Our candidates LOVE it.

Even if you’ve been to the Secretary of State’s E-Qual site this election cycle, go back again.  I can virtually guarantee that more candidates have been added - all of whom need your online “signature”.

How this works.  

Go to the E-Qual site here.  

Click on the box titled “Sign a Candidate Nominating Petition”.  You’ll then be asked to verify your identity.  Once you’ve filled in those few bits of information, you’ll be asked to verify your address.  Then you’ll be taken to your list of candidates.

Now comes the cool part.  The list you’re shown is a list of candidates specific to you based on where you live.  So, for example, I live in Scottsdale.  My list of candidates includes Scottsdale City Council and mayoral candidates.  If you live in the western part of our LD, your list will likely include Danny Valenzuela who is running for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors District 3.  My list does not.  If you live in Carefree, Danny Valenzuela will not be on your list (you live in BOS 2).  If you live in Cave Creek, he will be.

Another cool thing is that the site tells you how many candidates you can sign for.  In the case of Corp Comm, you can sign for 3.  Sign for all of them.  The beauty of signing online is that your “signature” is auto-verified.  With paper petitions, candidates must manually verify every single signature; time-consuming and tedious work, that.  So, signing online not only helps candidates get on the ballot; it saves them precious time, too.

Take the plunge!  Here’s your online guide to signing petitions.  And, thank you!

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