Quezada’s statement on voter suppression bill
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), released the following statement regarding HB 2305, a bill that was recently amended to make it more difficult for voters to get access to the ballot.
“What happened today with HB 2305 during a hasty conference committee is a prime example of why Arizonans are sick of the political games being played at the Capitol. The ideologues here manipulated the system and pushed through a 32-page amendment to a bill that will ultimately result in fewer people participating in upcoming elections.
“There was not enough time to review this massive amendment before the hearing, and the public was not given a chance to provide testimony. After reading the amendment, it is obvious why the Republicans did not want to give the public an opportunity to weigh in. The amendment violates the Arizona Constitution and ultimately will create barriers to the voting process. At the same time, it will make it easier for some legislators to keep their jobs because the amendment lowers the number of signatures they are required to collect to get on a ballot.
“The lack of transparency shows a blatant disregard for Arizona voters. Why are they attempting to keep people out of the election process? The ideologues are pushing an extremist agenda instead of doing what is right for Arizona. The bottom line is we should be finding more ways to get people involved in the voting process, and this amendment will do the exact opposite. We will continue to find ways to protect voter access and participation, even if we must have this fight in the courts.”