Steve's Plan

Restore Voter Confidence

As the state’s Chief Elections Officer, Steve will work with County election officials to ensure that county voting plans meet or exceed Federal standards and serve all voters equally. He will also work to restore Arizona’s requirement for proof of citizenship on the Arizona State form to ensure that only United States citizens vote in all elections. In recent national surveys, Arizona has scored worse than most states in election security. He will oversee changes to election security procedures to insure that Arizona’s elections are secure and brought up to “best of class” standards.

Follow the Law

Steve will ensure that the Secretary of State’s Office follows all of the laws governing elections. The Election Procedures Manual required by A.R.S. 16-452 will be published on time. Information pamphlets will be timely mailed. Confidence will be restored.

Improve the Law

Several aspects of Arizona election law need to be updated and improved. Areas such as ballot harvesting, the procedures to fill vacancies and redistricting are examples. Steve will work with the legislature to update and revise these statutes.

Save Money

Steve will not tolerate failed information technology projects that are years behind and over budget. He will use his business experience, and especially his experience in information technology, to assess the entire Department of State to streamline operations, reduce cost and improve customer service.

Rebuild Relationships

In January 2017, all 15 County Recorders wrote to Michele Reagan stating their relationship was “in dire straits.” This remains the case today. Steve will establish respectful, cooperative working relationships with the County Recorders and all other parties who depend on the Secretary of State.

Take Cybersecurity Seriously

There is good cause for concern that our election infrastructure is vulnerable to attack. Our election systems are a high priority target for our enemies. In a recent outside evaluation, Arizona scored a “D” in election security, and was in the bottom third of the 50 states. Governor Ducey has established the Arizona Cybersecurity Team to protect Arizona from cyber attacks. Steve has the background in information technology to make sure that the Team and the Secretary of State’s office work together effectively to improve and secure Arizona’s election systems.