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Women for Goddard Say Goddard is For Women

Did you know that women are the majority of voters in the United States? In fact, there were 10 million more women voters than men in the 2008 election. Why is it, then, that women only make up 17% of Congress? And why is it that issues such as women’s health continue to be relegated to the back burner?

Arizona is an interesting state, because we actually have a long history of women serving in political office here, in particular in the governor’s seat. Who can forget Rose Mofford and her sassy beehives? The irony, however, is that having a woman in office does not always mean that women are being fairly represented. Jan Brewer is the perfect example. During her time in office, Jan Brewer has systematically set back women’s rights, especially when it comes to women’s access to reproductive health care services.

A group of community organizers called Women for Goddard is hoping to change the political climate. They are mobilizing 5,000 female voters in support of Terry Goddard’s bid for governor, and they are reaching out to voters who are registered, but who haven’t voted in recent elections. Women for Goddard recently held a phone bank, where 500 volunteers each committed to call 10 women. Each of those volunteers will remain in contact with their voters until the election to make sure that the women get to the polls. The goal is to tip the balance of the scales in favor of Terry Goddard. And they are doing it one phone call at a time. Continue reading

Benefits of Voting an Early Ballot

Arizona offers voters the option of registering to vote through the Permanent Early Voter List. Putting your name on the Permanent Early Voter list means you will automatically receive an Early Voting Ballot for every election that you are eligible to participate in without the need to request a ballot for each election.

Early ballots provide voters several advantages:

1. No need to stand in line. I hate to stand in line. Anywhere. Sending an early ballot in the mail means I don’t have to plan my day around a trip to the polling location. It doesn’t get any better than that.

2. Take your time filling out the ballot. Early voting ballots can be filled out at home. You can take your time reading about the candidates and consulting voter education guides, such as the list of pro-choice candidates compiled by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. No need to memorize a list of names that you’ll be voting for, because you can fill out the early voting ballot at your leisure. Continue reading