Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
We, the voters of Arizona, elected Katie Hobbs in 2018 as our secretary of state. She defeated an incumbent Republican, Michele Reagan, whose stint in office included more missteps and controversies than space here allows to list. While the margin of Ms. Hobbs’ victory was relatively small, she won that election fair and square. She was elected to perform all of the duties of secretary of state as outlined in the Arizona Constitution.
Since that time, Arizona has run several primary and general elections without a hitch. In 2020, Katie Hobbs was faced with the most difficult and unique election circumstances Arizona has ever seen. The governor and attorney general joined with election officials of every single county and certified a safe, secure and fair election. Certified audits, recounts and court cases have verified the 2020 election results. Yet, legislators who are more loyal to a disgraced and corrupt former president continue to spread lies and delusional election misinformation. They’re currently running what is widely ridiculed as a clown show and a #Fraudit.
Now, the Arizona GOP is taking legislative steps to strip our secretary of state of her constitutional authority to fight for election integrity. Whatever your political affiliation, this should send a shiver down your spine. Based solely on the results of an election lost by their candidate, the GOP will take action to make sure they can steal the next election — this is not democracy, it is not how America is supposed to work.
If we remain silent and allow our democratic republic to be destroyed by those who undermine the elective process that defines us, we will be complicit in that destruction. I implore you, the voters, the journalists and the editors to put America first and speak out to stop this insanity now.