Monday, June 17, 2013

Quezada statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s voter registration forms

Quezada statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s voter registration forms

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), released the following statement about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that states cannot require people to prove their citizenship when registering to vote using a federal registration form. The Supreme Court’s ruling, however, will permit Arizona to keep its dual-registration system and will allow the state to require proof of citizenship from people registering to vote with a state-issued form.

“The United States Supreme Court made the right decision on the issue of federal voter registration forms. Today’s ruling will help protect the immigrants, minorities and senior citizens who were negatively affected by Arizona’s registration policy.

“Arizona has a history of creating barriers around the voting process. A prime example of this is the Republican-led Legislature’s support of HB 2305, a bill that was amended to make it more difficult for voters to get access to the ballot and will likely result in fewer people participating in upcoming elections. HB 2305 is on its way to the governor’s desk and if enacted, it will almost certainly be challenged in the courts, as are many of our state’s election laws. Arizona’s unfortunate history of voter discrimination has led to the U.S. Justice Department’s scrutiny of our election laws under the Voting Rights Act.

“The system is in place to ensure that eligible voters have access to the ballot. Today’s decision will result in more eligible voters having an opportunity to participate in the election process. Ultimately, our country and our democracy are stronger when more people get involved. I am hopeful that, in the end, justice will prevail and voters’ rights will be protected.”


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