Thursday, June 13, 2013

UPDATE: Voter suppression bill on its way to governor

UPDATE: Voter suppression bill on its way to governor

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Following late night political maneuvering, the Republicans in the Arizona Senate passed HB 2305, a bill that was recently amended to make it more difficult for voters to get access to the ballot. The bill will now go to the governor’s desk.  

Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), said the bill contains provisions that, if enacted, will result in fewer people participating in upcoming elections.

“This bill is an embarrassment. It creates barriers to the voting process and raises substantial concerns under the Voting Rights Act. At the same time, it will make it easier for some legislators to keep their jobs because the bill lowers the number of signatures they are required to collect to get on a ballot. It is a completely self-serving bill for the ideologues who support it.

“I urge the governor to veto this legislation. Regardless of her actions, my colleagues and I will continue to fight to protect voter access and participation, even if we have to take this fight to the courts.”


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