Thursday, February 27, 2014

Brewer signs election law repeal

Brewer signs election law repeal
Quezada: ‘I trust the voters will remember this on Election Day’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Martín Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), released this statement after Gov. Jan Brewer signed HB 2196, which repeals HB 2305 and will keep voters from deciding whether the state can implement restrictive changes to the election process.

“The governor’s decision to sign HB 2196 is an insult to Arizona voters. This law repeals HB 2305, effectively undermining a voter-led referendum. Last year, the community came together and collected about 146,000 signatures to put HB 2305 on the ballot. They wanted a chance to have their voices heard on a law that created significant barriers to the voting process.

“Based on the number of signatures collected for the referendum, it is obvious that Arizonans demanded the final word on this. The governor’s decision today circumvents the will of the voters and leaves the door open for future restrictions to the voting process. The attention that her actions on SB 1062 received will not distract from this.

“I am dismayed by the insincerity displayed by the extremists who supported the repeal of HB 2305, and I am disgusted by the use of this tactic. I trust that the voters will remember this on Election Day.”



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