Editor: We’re deep in the off season for Arizona legislators. Lawmakers won’t return to Phoenix for months. As state legislators set their goals and priorities for the next session, Automated Verification and Registration (AVR) should be at the top of their lists. It’s the perfect policy to begin a legislative session: It addresses a critical issue, it’s an easy policy to implement, it demonstrates responsibility, and it’s bipartisan. Without secure voter rolls, other security improvements are only half measures. AVR ensures voter rolls are up to date, accurate, and reliable, helping to prevent both foreign interference and voter fraud.
AVR requires a one-time capital investment, and then saves money. It’s a one-time fix that improves services without costing taxpayers more money. Republicans and Democrats in 20 states have already adopted AVR. Arizona should, too. Our lawmakers need to make AVR their top priority.
Advisory board chair of the Secure Elections Project, former Kentucky secretary of state, and former President of the National Association of Secretaries of State