I’ve been having some fun with the continued hand-wringing from local Republicans about Tucson’s plans to make our elections a nearly entirely vote by mail affair (given how many of us already vote by mail, it won’t be a change for most Tucson voters). Local Republican pooh-bah Brian Miller tried to connect this with voter fraud in a message to Republican activists on the eve of the council vote on the matter, and Ted Vogt (whose brother is a council candidate) amended a bill last week at the legislature seemingly in an attempt to ban Tucson from going to vote by mail.
Here’s the funny part: Oro Valley and Sahuarita already do entirely vote by mail elections. Oro Valley has been doing it for quite some time. If he’s seen evidence of a wave of voter intimidation and fraud in these elections, Miller should let us know about it.
Or is a vote by mail program, which might increase turnout, only a good thing in wealthier, mostly white, Republican enclaves? Not that class, race or partisanship has anything to do with anything.