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Navajo County Dems Help Force Referendum on Bad Law
Navajo County Democrats turned in a surprisingly accurate set of petitions to force a referendum on a Republican-sponsored law aimed at voter suppression.
Statewide, more than 146,000 signatures were turned in to meet the legal requirement of 86,000.
Of the total, 30 were sent to the Navajo County Recorder for spot checking. Of those, 28 were valid for an amazing 93% success rate.
When statewide success of the petition drive is announced, implementation of the law will be blocked until voters have a chance to determine its fate on the November 2014 ballot.
The bad law would:
HB2305 would make it a crime for volunteers to collect and drop off ballots at the polls. These efforts help elderly, homebound, disabled and working voters to participate in elections.
HB2305 would kick voters off the Permanent Early Voting List if they fail to vote in two consecutive elections – both primary and general. This would decrease participation and disproportionally impact newly registered Latino, young and Independent voters who are not likely to vote if removed from this list.
HB2305 would keep third parties off the ballot by raising the signature requirement to put a candidate on the ballot for all political parties except Republicans. Ballot access for third party candidates will become unlikely, reducing voter choice. For example, the number of signatures required for Libertarian candidates would increase by 4,000 percent.
HB2305 makes it more difficult for Arizona citizens to engage in direct democracy or overturn bad laws passed by the Legislature through citizen initiatives. By instituting a host of minor technical barriers – including the margin size on petitions – that can be challenged in court, politicians are trying to take away an important right that’s been part of Arizona’s constitution since statehood.
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