Arizona's Voter Suppression Law: Referendum to Overturn HB 2305 Filed
Arizona Republicans remind me of the little Dutch boy sticking his finger in the dike, in this case, trying to keep the flood of Latino voters at bay.
Thankfully, the electorate is going to get a chance in 2014 to chop that finger clean off. Metaphorically speaking, of course.
Monday, a coalition of groups billing itself as the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee filed notice with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office, seeking a referendum for the 2014 ballot to overturn Arizona's Voter Suppression Law, House Bill 2305.
Signed by Governor Jan Brewer, after, according to state Senator Steve Gallardo, she reneged on her promise to Dems to veto it, HB 2305 creates several barriers for electoral participation in an effort to maintain the GOP's hegemony over Arizona, even as the state's political sands shift.
Impediments include requiring that all candidates get the same number of signatures to have their names placed on legislative, Congressional and statewide ballots. Members of minority parties would have a higher threshold, as a result.
HB 2305 makes it easier for elections officials to remove voters' names from the permanent early voter list, and criminalizes the simple act of picking up someone's early ballot and taking it to the polls, a tactic that was crucial for victory in the recall of disgraced two-time loser, ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce.
Also, the measure creates unnecessary hurdles for those circulating initiative, referendum and recall petitions.
The law has managed to tick off Democrats, African-Americans, Latinos, Libertarians, progressives, Greens, and just about everyone who is not a dyed-in-the-wool Republican.
As a result, it should be relatively easy to score the 86,405 valid signatures from qualified state electors needed by September 12, 2013.
I mean, this isn't the attempted recall of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which needed 335,317 valid signatures from qualified county electors.
Rather, signature-gatherers in this effort have the entire pool of potential state voters to draw from.