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Edited by Brittany Clingen
Another ballot measure has been certified for the 2014 ballot in Arizona, bringing the number of certified measures in the state to two and the overall count for 2014 ballots to 47. The measure is a veto referendum on the election law that was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer (R) on June 19, 2013. The law would require all candidates running for office to obtain the same number of signatures in order to get their names on the ballot, render the act of picking up another person's early ballot illegal, and set stricter qualifications for those wanting to circulate initiative, referendum and recall petitions. The referendum is being sponsored by a collection of groups referring to themselves as Protect your Right to Vote Committee. Opponents of the referendum will likely bring legal challenges against the effort. Barrett Marson, a spokesman for two groups opposed to the referendum effort, said, "This is early in the process. There are thousands and thousands of questionable signatures that were collected by questionable circulators - people who don't have residency here as required by state law and who didn't fill out paperwork as required by the Secretary of State's office or are felons and collected signatures."
48 measures for 2014
Supporters of the referendum are confident that their measure will pass any legal muster thrown its way. Robbie Sherwood, spokesman for the "Protect Your Right To Vote Committee," said, "What the certification tells us is today is a big win for Arizona voters and for voting rights. But it's only part of the battle. We're prepared to fend off any legal challenges that may arise, and we expect to be on the ballot on November 4 (2014). And when that happens we're also confident that Arizona voters are going to toss these absolutely unnecessary changes in the dumpster where they belong."
| 2014 Count
|| 48 measures
|| Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming
House Bill 2305, the bill which the referendum is attempting to repeal, is politically charged on both sides. Passed by a primarily Republican legislature, Democrats feel that this is the right's attempt to disenfranchise minorities and make voting more difficult for them. Republicans, on the other hand, say the bill is required to quell voter fraud and make the process of voting more efficient. Though HB 2305 was signed into law, the provisions contained in the bill are currently on hold, pending the outcome of the referendum.
- ↑ Arizona Capitol Times, "Brewer signs election overhaul bill," June 19, 2013
- ↑ Phoenix New Times, "Arizona's Voter Suppression Law: Referendum to Overturn HB 2305 Filed Today," July 1, 2013
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 KTAR.com, "Arizona election referendum certified for 2014 ballot," October 29, 2013
- ↑ Los Angeles Times, "Measure to overturn new Arizona election law qualifies for ballot," November 1, 2013