Communicating with Arizona legislators by email

The best way is to use the portal at http://www.azleg.gov. Browse to either the Senate or the House, then to Members, and select the Representative you wish to communicate with. You will have to identify yourself with your Legislative District, which, for South Tempe, is 18. At the bottom of the form, there is a minor challenge to make sure you are not a spammer. Of course, the best evidence you are not a spamming robot is a personal note, written in your own words.

I try always to be positive. Here is an example of a note I sent to all House Republicans on May 25. Some of the language was suggested by Senator Kelly Townsend, who now ranks in my esteem with Senator Borrelli.

As an Arizona voter, I have lost all confidence in our election system. Please vote YES on SB1241 and the Kavanagh amendment to help secure future elections and restore Arizona voter confidence. Later, when we see the results of the audit, we can abolish mail-in voting and machine tabulation.

Sometimes there is only one legislator to address. Here is an example of a note I sent to Senator Shope on May 24:

Dear Senator Shope,
I am writing to thank you for being a solid supporter of the Audit. I believe it will show the urgent need to (1) abolish mail-in voting, (2) do all counting by hand, in smaller precincts, and (3) cut Maricopa County down to size. Let me take the opportunity also to ask you to support what was called HB2190 when it was in the House, the bill to prevent vaccine passports. It is not hard to imagine how vaccine passports might be abused. Please kill the idea at its inception.

Here is an example of a note I sent to all Republicans in the Senate on March 30:

Thank you for supporting the audit. Once we understand how thoroughly corrupted our election system is, I hope you will help build support for real reform. We must restrict absentee voting to cases of real need. I hope we can use the upcoming redistricting process to shrink the size of precincts to a size — 1,000 voters? — that permits hand counting.

I sent the following to all the House Republicans:

I don’t understand why the House has not called its own hearings to investigate the November election. None of the legislation before you matters until we restore integrity to our elections. I have sent this message to the Republican Senators:
Thank you for supporting the audit. Once we understand how thoroughly corrupted our election system is, I hope you will help build support for real reform. We must restrict absentee voting to cases of real need. I hope we can use the upcoming redistricting process to shrink the size of precincts to a size — 1,000 voters? — that permits hand counting.

Here is an example of a note I sent to all Republicans in the Senate on March 15:

Absentee voting is inherently corrupt
It is easy to demonstrate that someone has figured out how to cast ballots on behalf of people who no longer live in AZ. Senator Ugenti-Rita’s proposal to begin cleaning up the voter rolls is too timid. I believe absentee ballots are inherently corrupt. Please begin the audit. Please make Jovan Pulitzer at least one of the auditors. I don’t believe you will detect the fraud if you merely sample the ballots or if you merely examine the scanned images.

I sent the following to all the House Republicans:

Absentee voting is inherently corrupt
I sent the message below to Republicans in the Senate. Can you please help them? Please call for hearings into the November election.
It is easy to demonstrate that someone has figured out how to cast ballots on behalf of people who no longer live in AZ. Senator Ugenti-Rita’s proposal to begin cleaning up the voter rolls is too timid. I believe absentee ballots are inherently corrupt. Please begin the audit. Please make Jovan Pulitzer at least one of the auditors. I don’t believe you will detect the fraud if you merely sample the ballots or if you merely examine the scanned images.

Here is an example of a note I sent to all Republicans in the Senate on March 1:

it is essential to audit ALL the ballots
My wife and I celebrated the unsurprising court decision that the Legislature is superior to any county. Were we premature? There are rumors that you might be content with a sample. Who could be trusted to select such a sample? Please audit ALL the ballots, and use the technique called kinematic artifact testing as it sounds like the best, if not the only way, of detecting fake ballots.

I also sent a copy to all the House Republicans, with the added request that they be ready to call for hearings if the Senate falters. The best explanation of the current problem is in this video by Jovan Pulitzer, here. It is an odd format, rather repetitive. The essential message starts at about the 20 minute mark. His argument, I think, is there is no one who could be trusted to select a sample.

Here is an example of a note I sent to all Republicans in the Senate on Feb 22:

congratulations on passing SB1408
Congratulations on passing SB1408. I will write to House members to urge them to take it up; however, I am very worried about the short remaining calendar. Is it possible for this session to end without a hand audit of the November ballots and seizure of the Maricopa tabulation machines? Will the Board of Supervisors have beaten the state Legislature? Will there be no hearings into the election?

Here is the companion note I sent to all the Republicans in the House:

please take up SB1408 and pass it
I am writing to urge you to take up and pass SB1408 which has just passed the Senate. The bill is necessary but the real need is for the House Government and Election committee to begin hearings on the November election. I am very worried about the short remaining calendar. I hope it is not possible for your session to end without defeating the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and making a hand audit of the paper ballots and seizure of the Dominion machines irrevocable.

Here is a link to SB1408. I think it is clever and I especially thanked Warren Peterson for writing it. It anticipates yet another dodge by the Maricopa County Superintendents who will claim, without this law, that some of the evidence needed for the audit cannot legally be provided. Once the bill has been taken up by the House, you can use the RTS system to urge its approval.

If you want to address only the leadership, the key legislators are:

  • Rusty Bowers, Speaker of the House, who clearly does not want an audit
  • Karen Fann, President of the Senate, who I think is very wobbly
  • Warren Peterson, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Michelle Ugenti-Rita, chairman of the Senate Government Committee
  • John Kavanagh, chairman of the House Elections Committee

Another four who occupy key posts, but who need your encouragement: Vince Leach, Rick Gray, Paul Boyer, and T.J. Shope, all Senators.

Here is an example of a note I sent Friday, 12 February. I addressed it to all the Republicans in the Senate except Paul Boyer.

Thank you for voting to hold the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt. I am very sorry the vote failed. I am worried about the calendar. How can you agree on legislation to reform the election procedures if you don’t know what happened? Aren’t hearings the best fallback? Please call for hearings into the November election.

I don’t believe there is any reason why this is exclusively the job of the Senate, so I sent this note to all the House Republicans.

The failure of the vote to hold the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt I think means the Senate needs your help. How can you agree on legislation to reform the election procedures if you don’t know what happened? Please call for immediate hearings in the House into the November election.

I may be unfair to the Democrats. I will search for a Democrat for whom election integrity is a non-partisan issue.

You are certainly not limited to the issue of election integrity. I just don’t think anything else matters unless and until we make it impossible to steal the 2022 election. There is a mechanism that permits you to comment on individual bills, called Request to Speak (RTS). I describe it here.

My personal hero is Sonny Borrelli, who represents Mojave and La Paz Counties. I asked him once what ordinary citizens who are not in his district could do to help, and he replied, “write to me and tell me what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong.”