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Still Have a General Election Mail in Ballot?

Posted November 1, 2016 to Blog, Elections, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
Do you have an early ballot you’ve not yet mailed? Because elections offices across Arizona must have possession of all ballots by the time polls close on November 8th, today is the final recommended day to mail them in. If you are still studying the candidates and won’t be able to send your ballot by tonight (you can view responses from legislative candidates on conditions for kids on our website and watch a debate on education issues online), you can drop it off at any early voting location this week or ANY polling site on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th. Read more

Proposition 206: Better Wages for Arizona Working Families

This election cycle is a dynamic one with substantive questions on the ballot, such as Proposition 206, The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Initiative. Children’s Action Alliance is proud to support this measure, which gradually increases the state’s minimum wage over the next several years. Proposition 206 would raise the current $8.05 per hour to $10 in 2017, then to $12 by 2020. Read more

Watch “Education Showdown: Four Senate Races That Will Shape Arizona”

In a recent statewide poll, 74 percent of Arizonans said they support more investment in public education. The 90 people who serve in the Arizona Legislature make those decisions. Those elected on November 8 will be the ones who determine whether Arizona’s public schools will have the resources needed to ensure a quality teacher in every classroom, updated textbooks and technology and well-maintained school buildings.Children’s Action Alliance and twelve other organizations are pleased to sponsor Education Showdown: Four Senate Races That Will Shape Arizona. Read more

Thank You to Southern AZ Legislative Candidates for Joining Us on Education Issues

We continued our series of seminars on education issues in Tucson on Friday, October 7, with a good showing from legislative candidates interested in learning about issues affecting K-12 education in Arizona. We have a lot of work to do to improve our public schools: proper funding for materials, teacher pay and safe classrooms. Read more

Help Choose a Question on Kids’ Issues for Sunday’s Presidential Debate

This weekend, the presidential candidates will participate in a second debate. Scheduled for Sunday, October 9th at 6:00pm Arizona time, the Commission on Presidential Debates and moderators from news divisions at ABC and CNN have agreed to consider using a question from someone outside the audience. We are asking you to help by voting for a question on children’s issues submitted by president and CEO of the Annie E. Read more

Tuesday, August 30th is Primary Election Day

Tomorrow, August 30th, is primary election day in Arizona, where registered voters will choose the candidates who will proceed to the general election in November. Polls are open all day until 7pm statewide, but if you are not sure where you are supposed to go to cast a ballot, visit the Secretary of State’s website to find out. Read more

Children’s Issues Are Critical This and Every Election Year

There is a lot of sound and fury to take our attention this election season. A new national poll shows that American voters recognize the importance of voting for kids. The online poll, conducted this past spring by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Children’s Leadership Council, found nearly two-thirds of voters polled say the next president and Congress should invest more in children, including in education, health and nutrition programs that benefit kids. Read more

Stumped on Which Questions to Ask Candidates About Support for Education?

By now, most Arizona voters who vote by mail should have gotten their ballots for this year’s primary elections and are in the process of choosing their candidates. The election is August 30th, less than three weeks away, and with so little time to decide, voters are often stumped on who should get their vote for the state legislature. Read more

Our 2016 Legislative Candidate Questionnaire

As we do every election year, Children’s Action Alliance has sent an issues questionnaire to all legislative candidates who have qualified for the 2016 primary ballot. This cycle, we narrowed the survey down to five brief questions, giving candidates the opportunity to comment further on their positions on issues affecting conditions for kids. Read more

School Districts Counting on Arizonans to Cast Ballots in November 3 Override Elections

More than 40 K-12 school districts across Arizona are asking voters this week to approve budget overrides and issuing bonds that will add much needed dollars to their maintenance and operations and capital budgets, funds that have been lost over years of cuts to classrooms statewide. Last week’s Special Session of the legislature has no bearing on this week’s bond and override requests to voters; the bills that were passed and quickly signed into law by Governor Ducey were intended to address a 2010 lawsuit over inflationary dollars schools should have received a long time ago. Read more