Register Republican To Vote For Ron Paul! Flagstaff, AZ Ron Paul 2012 Grassroots Update
By Elisha Dorfsmith
As Ron Paul 2012 bumper stickers show up on cars all over town, people have been contacting me on a daily basis asking how they can get involved in the local grassroots campaign. The enthusiasm and support that I am seeing around Flagstaff is incredible. We are gaining momentum and supporters with each passing day.
On November 30th, CNN will be holding a Republican debate at the Mesa Arts Center. With the Republican candidates coming to Arizona, I think we can expect to see a surge of interest in the Ron Paul campaign. I wanted to give you all a heads up on a few important issues for Flagstaff and Arizona Ron Paul supporters. Please share this information with your friends and family.
Register As A Republican
Many Arizona residents do not know that we have a closed presidential primary. Lots of Independent and unaffiliated voters will be very disappointed on election day when they go to their polling place and realize that they cannot vote for the Republican presidential candidate of their choice.
If you want to vote for Ron Paul in the February 28 Republican primary you MUST be registered as a Republican. The deadline to register is January 30th. You can register quick and easy online HERE or visit your county registration office. Coconino County residents can find the Coconino County Elections Office at 110 E. Cherry Avenue in Flagstaff.
Arizona For Ron Paul 2012 recently created a facebook event for us to share with our Arizona friends to remind them that they have to register Republican if they want to vote for Ron Paul in the primary. If you’re on facebook, please share this event with everyone you know in AZ. You can find the event page HERE.
I would love to see Ron Paul 2012 campaign signs all over Northern Arizona as the primary election gets closer. On the 11/11/11 Veterans Day money bomb I will be buying more signs from the campaign store and I encourage you to do the same. Items bought at the campaign store count as donations. You can find the signs HERE.
During the 2008 campaign, Flagstaff Ron Paul supporters had several run-ins with code enforcement. The City thought that it was just a couple people putting up Ron Paul signs so whenever there was a complaint it was usually directed at my wife and I. Little did they know that dozens of people all over town were taking the initiative on their own without any organization and putting up signs wherever they could find a good spot. At one point I even received a call from the police who were launching a criminal investigation into illegally placed Ron Paul signs. Needless to say, lots of signs were confiscated and a lot of time and money went to waste.
This time around I would like to see Ron Paul signs everywhere possible but I’d like to see them stay put rather than be taken down within a couple days by code enforcement. The good news is that the rules have eased a bit since the last election so we should be able to cover all the strategic locations with minimal trouble.
State law allows campaign signs to be placed within 60 days of the February 28th primary election. So legally you can start putting signs up on December 31st.
Arizona recently approved H.B. 2500 which allows campaign signs in right-of-ways and other locations formerly restricted by many cities including the City of Flagstaff. Local code enforcement has confirmed with me that the new state law trumps city rules and that they will not be taking down signs in the newly approved locations.
As of the writing of this post the City of Flagstaff has not updated their website to include the eased restrictions in H.B. 2500. The city website does provide information on the size and type of campaign signs that are allowed. Keep in mind that the signs sold at RonPaul2012.com meet all of the city requirements. City of Flagstaff campaign sign rules can be found HERE.
While I’m not a fan of the state telling homeowner associations what to do, the state recently passed a law requiring HOAs to allow campaign signs. I am happy that I will now be allowed to put up a Ron Paul 2012 sign in my yard. My HOA rules forbade campaign signs in the past.
The Flagstaff Ron Paul grassroots have been very active in the Ron Paul 2012 campaign. So far we have canvassed several precincts, had entries in two parades, handed out literature and bumper stickers in Heritage Square, held countless sign rallies at Flagstaff City Hall and had a booth at the Coconino County Fair. If you would like to stay updated on grassroots campaign events as they come up, please consider joining the Ron Paul 2012 Flagstaff, AZ facebook page. If you are not on facebook, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking to be added to the mailing list and we will keep you updated that way.
UPDATE: The above mentioned Arizona debate was rescheduled for February 2012.
Flagstaff Ron Paul supporters take part in the 2011 NAU Homecoming Parade.