Jan Brewer Signs Repeal of Last Year's Changes to Voting Laws

Categories: I'm Only a Bill
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Matthew Hendley
Several Democratic lawmakers joined members of the Protect Your Right to Vote Coalition last week to demand lawmakers not repeal this law.


Governor Jan Brewer signed the repeal of last year's House Bill 2305, a bill that made several controversial changes to the elections process in Arizona.

After a coalition of non-Republican groups quickly gathered enough signatures to put the issue to voters after the bill's passage last year, the Republican majority decided to repeal the law this year ahead of any vote by the citizens.

The new law required minor-party candidates to get the same number of signatures as Democrats or Republicans to get on the ballot, creating a way for elections officials to remove people from the "permanent" early-voting list, and making it a crime to deliver someone's ballot to the polls -- a tactic that just so happened to be used in the successful recall of Republican Senate President Russell Pearce -- among other things. Although some of these laws were proposed individually last year, they ended up all being packaged together in one bill, which Brewer has now repealed.

The question is, were the Republicans acting with good intent in repealing the law? Republican leadership says yes.

The coalition that worked to get the issue on the ballot says no. Just last week, the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee and several Democratic lawmakers demanded that Republicans not go forward with the repeal.

Their belief is that the Republican majority will go back, and pass these provisions one-by-one. (One Republican lawmaker admitted to the Arizona Capitol Times that passing them one-by-one is the plan.) Had the issue been put to voters, there's a very good chance voters would have repealed it.

The difference is whether the Arizona Voter Protection Act would apply. That amendment to the Arizona Constitution is designed to prevent lawmakers and the governor from tampering with laws created by citizens. There's a concern that had voters been allowed to overturn it, then lawmakers wouldn't be allowed to pass any of those provisions of that bill.

Watch the Arizona Capitol Times' Luige del Puerto, Capitol Media Services' Howie Fischer, and the Phoenix Business Journal's Mike Sunnucks discuss this very issue on Arizona Horizon a few weeks ago, starting at the 11-minute mark:The voting-rights coalition also wanted Republican leadership to pledge that they wouldn't try to pass these provisions this session. No such pledge was made, but the provisions haven't shown up -- yet, at least.

"It is unquestionably a win for Arizona that this assault on voting rights will not be enacted ahead of the next election," Protect Your Right to Vote Committee chairwoman Julie Erfle says in a statement. "That is not why we opposed the repeal. This issue was always about politicians trying to pick their voters, trying to take away our choices. We, as voters, stood up and earned the right to make this decision ourselves in November through the Protect Your Right to Vote referendum. We are confident the voters would have soundly rejected HB 2305."

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31 comments
Nicolet Davis
Nicolet Davis

Actually i think my comment gives her too much credit. She's really just an idiot.

Nicolet Davis
Nicolet Davis

She deserves no credit. There is evil intent behind everything she does.

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

I think I like this, but I don't really believe it.

Deborah Forcine
Deborah Forcine

What is going on with Jan Brewer? She is actually acting human.

Benjamin Lund
Benjamin Lund

Wonder if she was visited by three ghosts this Christmas...?

Jeff Kee
Jeff Kee

Be very weary of the Republican establishment in Arizona. This a ruse for something underhanded they are doing. Just wait and get your popcorn ready.

azwillie
azwillie

Go here

https://servicearizona.com/webapp/evoter/selectLanguage

To change your voter registration to Republican so you can vote in Republican primaries and vote some of these certified rectums out and THEN vote DEMOCRATIC in the election Nov 4 to be sure we get rid of at least some of these sleaze balls.

Don't worry, you don't have to be tainted with the Republican label the rest of your life. You can change it back again after you vote in the primaries or after the election ( best ).

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Arizona Republicans.... doing anything they can to subvert the will of the voter

robert_graham
robert_graham

The reason why Democrats are in opposition is because unless they get their way they feel threatened they will not be allowed to freely circumvent or voting laws.

Paula Russell
Paula Russell

as a New Resident to this beautiful State~ 5-13... i will vote against YOU ms. brewer and all your "CRONIES" ~ just saying~

Bhang Bhang
Bhang Bhang

On a roll for jan = fuckin shit up. She doesn't know how to do anything else lol

Jose Lopez
Jose Lopez

Positive work with the worst of intentions.

Nicholas John
Nicholas John

She is just trying to get support so she can appeal being term-limited.

Joe Downs
Joe Downs

They're just going to reintroduce it piecemeal, and take it out of the hands of the voters. Not good.

Brenda Lopez
Brenda Lopez

OMG THIS ISN'T GOOD AT ALL!!! What do you mean on a roll?!!!!

Adriana Brown
Adriana Brown

Cough*1070*cough she needs to go. She believes in this too much to forget

Kieran Elia
Kieran Elia

This isn't actually good. They repealed it because it was going to referendum in November, to be voted down by citizens. They repealed it so that they can create the same law under a different name that isn't facing referendum.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Any thing to rig elections...

NWEng
NWEng

The current legislature is once again counting on voter's short term memory loss, they'll attempt to distract us with some shiny object social issue when bits and pieces of this bill are re-introduced later.  As long as big money is willing and able to donate obscene amounts to these politicians and pollute the entire process, your state government will work towards their best interests, not yours - the voters.

teknik
teknik

@azwillie  just register as "independent" and be done with it.  


vote in the primary of your choosing..

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  you mean like Horne did? and everybody involved with the whole smear job against Dan Saban? none of the people involved in those scams were Democrats...............sad to say, but they were all in the party i belong to (and the party that wishes you werent a part of)

NWEng
NWEng

@robert_graham It wasn't just the Democrats who opposed this, it was the VOTERS you attempted an end around.  It was fun watching your "friends" in the legislature back track, stepping in their own piles of dog crap they left behind once you figured out you were going to lose the referendum.  (Read: The will of the voters.)  Face it, this whole bill was a power grab and consolidation and you were caught.  But, I have no doubt you'll try it again; this is about money and power, and not making Arizona better a better place to live.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Being a new resident your a day late and dollar short, she is term limited, this is her second and last term!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Cozz  It's the modern Republican way....


Since it's the only way they can win a future election right now

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@NWEng  

Don't overlook the role of political parties in polluting the process.   The most dangerous provision in this bill was actually the one that would have cut the legs out from under any candidate who wasn't a member of one of the two powerful parties.


azwillie
azwillie

@danzigsdaddy  speaking of Horne(y) --- where are the results of his trial?


It was over 2 weeks ago but we have heard NOTHING.


They surely wouldn't be trying to whitewash it and keep silent hoping we would forget about it.


Would they?


Of course not ... and if you believe that I have some beach front property 40 miles west of Phoenix you would love to buy sight unseen.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@valleynative organized crime is better for the criminals if they eliminate the competition.....................thats why both parties want to keep it down to just the two parties

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