Arizona has a well-documented history of legislation that creates barriers to voting. Arizona has no law protecting against election disinformation or a state-level voting rights act. Election officials face threats of undue criminal penalties and fines and are not protected against threats. The sanctity of fair and safe elections in Arizona cannot be taken for granted.
Did you know there is a crisis in youth voter registration in Arizona?
In 2021, fewer than 15% of 18-year-old residents of Arizona’s most populous counties, Maricopa County and Pima County, had registered to vote. For context, approximately 90,000 Arizona citizens turn 18 yearly in the state, and about 180,000 celebrated their 18th birthday between the presidential election 2020 and the 2022 midterm elections.
In addition to youth representation, Arizona is also facing major gender disparities:
Only two of Arizona’s eleven representatives in the U.S. Congress are women.
Women in Arizona aged 16 and older who work full-time, year-round, have median annual earnings of $38,000, which is 84.4 cents on the dollar compared with men who work full-time, year-round. Hispanic women earn just 55 cents for every dollar earned by White men.
While these are disappointing statistics, they are what motivates and drives our work in the "The Grand Canyon State".