This is what voter suppression looks like. First, the AZ GOP tried to keep us off the ballot by increasing our signature requirement 2,200 percent. Not only did we clear this unreasonably high requirement by over 1,000 signatures, we also collected signatures from voters in EVERY county of Arizona -- and submitted more online signatures than every candidate in the state but one.
The AZ GOP chairman's Plan B was to file a lawsuit to intimidate us and kick us off the ballot. His suit claims that over 90 percent of the in-person signatures we collected aren’t actual voters in Arizona. The report we received so far from the Pima County Recorder confirmed that 100% of his "not registered" claims there are blatantly false.
This lawsuit is nothing more than a power play to run up expensive legal bills for our campaign and suppress the people in the process. We will not be intimidated, and we will not drop out of the race. We will fight this in court, and we need your help.
Here's what you can do to help SAVE OUR SIGNATURES. There isn't much time.
If you signed our petition on paper, please sign the affidavit below and email it to GOPFraud@McCormickForLiberty.com. (If you signed online, thank you! Your signature is not in danger of being thrown out.)
If you are registered to vote in Arizona, please donate $5 to our Clean Elections campaign to help us qualify for $2 million in campaign funding. This isn't the first expensive battle we've had to fight, and it certainly won't be the last.
No matter where you live, you can donate a max of $160 to our legal fund (a Clean Elections donation is not included in this total).
Our team needs help validating voter registration status of challenged signatures, ONE BY ONE. This takes time and money, and that is exactly what they are counting on.
Last but not least, please share this page with a friend. Our first hearing is on Wednesday, June 20, so there isn't much time. Thank you for your support.
Former Republican Governor Bill Weld has endorsed Kevin McCormick for Governor of Arizona:
“I’m endorsing Kevin McCormick for Governor of Arizona because Kevin knows how to look beyond the party line and create solutions. Arizona taxpayers, educators, and people who need medical care are hurting. It's time for a common sense candidate who isn’t beholden to the broken two-party system.”
“Kevin has a real plan to move Arizona in a more prosperous direction for everyone," Weld continued, "and his early successes with the Clean Elections program point to a real three-way race happening right now. I encourage all Arizona voters to take a very close look at his campaign.”
Weld served as a Ronald Reagan US Attorney appointee, two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts, and 2016 Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President of the United States.
"I am honored to receive this important endorsement,” McCormick said. “Real change is needed. Arizona, like the rest of the country, is experiencing a stalemate as Republicans and Democrats fight to be right. As a third-party candidate, my dedication is to the people of Arizona and practical solutions that benefit all.”
If 4,000 registered Arizona voters contribute $5 to McCormick's campaign by June 28, the campaign will receive $2 million in funding from the Arizona Citizens' Clean Elections Commission to run the largest third-party race in the country in 2018, on the condition that he MUST participate in the debates.
"This opportunity with the Clean Elections program has major implications for the viability of Libertarian candidates in 2018 and 2020, especially in Arizona," McCormick continued. "This campaign is laying the foundation for a future where independent and third-party candidates can actually win."
On May 29, McCormick is expected to become the first Arizona Libertarian candidate on the ballot in four years.
For the first time in Arizona history, a campaign has received approval from the Arizona Citizens' Clean Elections Commission to use an internet-based process, independent of the Secretary of State’s website, to collect and verify the $5 qualifying contributions required to participate in the program.
Until now, the only way to contribute online was to first provide the voter's driver's license number and date of birth on the Secretary of State's website. The new process created by Kevin McCormick's campaign for governor verifies with an electronic signature via DocuSign.
McCormick said, “In the past, it was impossible for citizens to compete with dark money in Arizona. The Clean Elections program was created by voters to keep the state from being sold to special interest groups, and as governor, I'll continue to create solutions that represent only the people of Arizona."
Campaign Manager Jenn Gray said, “This is a major victory for all Arizona voters, candidates, and the Clean Elections program.” Communications Director Jason Tucker added, “We were informed by many individuals that they were unable to complete the donation process using the Secretary of State's website. We met with representatives from both the Secretary of State and the Clean Elections Commission, and we were able to create a better process for all parties involved.”
Clean Elections has been a two-party slush fund for years -- and now Republicans in particular are getting nervous. The Legislature responded to the possibility of an electronic signature with a new measure putting Ducey appointees in charge of what's supposed to be an independent Commission. This is exactly the type of corruption Arizona voters were trying to prevent when they overwhelmingly approved the Clean Elections Act in 1998.
"Republicans can't handle that we're holding them accountable for broken promises not to raise taxes, and private prison quota deals with the corporations who fund their campaigns," McCormick added. If he obtains 4,000 $5 donations from registered Arizona voters, the Clean Elections Commission will fund the campaign, making it the largest third-party race in the country in 2018.
Due to teacher walkouts on Thursday, many South Phoenix schools are closing their doors. Thousands of students may be without food during the strike, and Arizona Parents & Allies United is partnering with candidate for governor Kevin McCormick to serve breakfast to Phoenix children during the first closure the morning of Thursday, April 26.
“What will happen to the kids if teachers walk out?” asked Arizona Parents & Allies United co-founder Skye Fernandez. “The reality of the situation is, what will happen to them if we don’t? No one is walking out on our kids. We’re walking out on the appallingly dire state of the education system.”
Fernandez is a teacher and Arizona Educators United liaison to the parents’ alliance, which was created to help keep the public informed about the #RedForEd movement.
“Governor Ducey broke his promise and forced us into an impossible situation,” added McCormick. “As a parent, I understand why teachers are walking out, and I’m going to do what I can to make sure these kids are taken care of during this crisis. This is an important time for our community to come together.”
Event: Free Breakfast for Phoenix Kids
Date: Thursday, April 26, 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Location: South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church, 2006 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040
To learn more about how Arizona Parents United is supporting our teachers, kids, and #RedForEd, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Arizona-Parents-United-2000136293334652/
To learn more about Kevin McCormick's plan to raise teacher pay without raising taxes, visit www.mccormickforliberty.com/raise_teacher_pay