House Republicans pass measure to impede referendum on restrictive voting measure
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Martín Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), released this statement after Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives passed HB 2196, a bill that would repeal HB 2305 and keep voters from deciding whether the state can implement restrictive changes to the election process:
“Unfortunately, extremists in the House were able to pass this bill, which is an attempt to hinder the will of the voters. Last year, so many people worked to collect about 146,000 signatures for a referendum on HB 2305, a bill that created barriers to the voting process. At the same time, it made it easier for some legislators to keep their jobs because it lowered the number of signatures needed for some candidates to get on ballot. It is clear that the voters want a chance to weigh in on this.
“The Republicans are trying to circumvent that process by repealing the bill so that voters cannot have the final word on it. Arizona voters should be outraged. I urge everyone interested in stopping this political maneuver to contact their state senator.”
The bill will now go to the Arizona Senate for consideration.
To view a copy of the bill, go to: http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=2196&Session_Id=112&image.x=0&image.y=0.