I’m Katie Hobbs: This is why I want Arizona’s vote in the midterm election to be fair and equitable.
I’m Katie Hobbs:
This is why I want Arizona’s vote in the midterm election to be fair and equitable.
Republican Governor Doug Ducey was, of course, hoping for a win and he had a campaign with little to fear in a state where Democrats will be the minority party for the first time in history and Arizona voted for Republicans at the presidential level in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Republicans won the governor’s race for governor of Arizona, the Senate election (a Democratic-controlled chamber), the House election (a Republican-controlled chamber), and the Senate re-election (a Republican-controlled chamber) in a landslide.
But Democrats are still in the minority in the state legislature, and when you add the number of Democratic Representatives and Senators to the governor’s race, it meant even lower popular vote totals.
If Democrats did what I think they should do and work within the existing system to make the election more fair and equitable, we would do well.
In the Senate election, Democrats had two seats up for election and held one seat back. They were favored to take the other seat and also held their seat in the House election, meaning the Arizona Constitution allowed for a full recount in both races. The recount process was not conducted, because it was determined there was not enough time to do so.
What that means is that not only do Democrats have three seats out of seven, but they also do not have a majority in either chamber of the Arizona legislature.
This is important, because Republicans have the state’s Supreme Court, a lower state court, and a Republican state legislature – all of which Democrats are controlling for the foreseeable future.
So, here’s what I think Democrats need to do.
The Democratic Party needs to move forward with a plan to end gerrymandering in the state of Arizona. This means ending the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts after each presidential election based on the number of votes for and against presidential candidates.