Thursday, July 6, 2017

Project Vote Lawsuit Against High Cost of Buying List of AZ Registered Voters is Settled

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access news for this post.

At the beginning of 2017, the Cost of Buying the List of Registered Voters in Arizona was far higher than the Costs in any other State.

The State charged 5 cents for Paper Records per Name, and one cent per Name for Electronic Records.

This amounted to over $150,000 for a Paper Record, and over $30,000 for an Electronic Record, for the entire Statewide List.

The State gave the List Free to Qualified Parties.

Project Vote had been trying to reduce these Costs since 2012.

In 2016 it Filed a Federal Lawsuit, arguing that Arizona was breaking the Federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which says States must furnish the List “at a reasonable cost”.

The lawsuit was Project Vote v Reagan, 2:16cv-1253.

Earlier this year, the Legislature passed HB 2412, which was signed March 31st, 2017. It Lowers the Cost for the entire List to $328 plus $0.0000625 per Name. That currently works out to approximately $500. The Cost per Name is slightly Higher for Partial Lists.

The State Settled the Lawsuit at the end of June. Each Side will Pay its own Attorneys’ Fees.

Ironically, Project Vote this year has Ceased to Exist as an Active Organization, due to the difficulty of raising Funds for its Activities.

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