Arizona Legislature Rejects Ranked-Choice Voting, Passes HB 2552, HCR 2033, and SB 1265

Press Releases · Mar 2, 2023

WASHINGTON – Heritage Action, a conservative grassroots organization with two million grassroots activists, including thousands of Arizonans, released the following statement from Janae Stracke, Vice President of Field Operations, praising the passage of HB 2552, HCR 2033, and SB 1265, legislation that would prohibit ranked-choice voting, conduct direct primary elections for partisan offices, and affirm that the candidate with the highest number of votes is declared elected.

“The ranked-choice voting scheme upends the democratic process and fundamentally changes the way elections operate, leaving voters confused, disenfranchised, and left with unpopular candidates who do not properly represent them. By passing HB 2552, HCR 2033, and SB 1265 on the floor, the Arizona Legislature is one step closer to protecting free and fair elections. These bills would maintain election integrity by outlawing ranked-choice voting, ensuring direct elections, and affirming that the most popular candidates are declared the winners.

Arizona voters deserve to have their voices heard at the ballot box without unnecessary confusion. Heritage Action commends the passage of HB 2552, HCR 2033, and SB 1265, and thanks conservatives for leading the fight to preserve fair elections. We encourage the Arizona Legislature to continue moving these bills through the process to maintain election integrity, and we look forward to working alongside grassroots Arizonans to advance more legislation that makes it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”