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HB2305 will be on the 2014 Ballot!
League Contributes to Success
Protect Your Right to Vote delivers 146,000 signatures to refer HB2305 to the ballot
PHOENIX – The Protect Your Right to Vote Committee . . . delivered approximately 146,000 petition signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office to put the Legislature’s attempt to get tough on Arizona voters to a vote of the people. An unprecedented coalition of more than 25 non-profit civic engagement organizations joined together to stand up for Arizona voting rights and put House Bill 2305 on the Nov. 2014 ballot. The Legislature passed the bill — which changed almost 20 separate areas of election law with virtually no public testimony– by a near party-line vote in June. The Committee is confident it has enough valid signatures to exceed the 86,405 threshold to put the referendum on the ballot, said Chairwoman Julie Erfle.
Read more here, including the worst aspects of HB2305.
LWVMP Members help to produce new
End of Life Choices –
The Oregon Model
A Committee of Leaguers have produced a white paper for the LWV Arizona. See paper here.
U.S. Supreme Court Decision Erases
On June 20th, the Supreme Court of the US issued a ruling that a key provision of the 1960s landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be upheld. In a a 5-4 ruling, the Justices said that the standard by which it is determined that some states need pre-approval for making changes to voting laws is unconstitutional. They determined that the standard relied on 40-year-old data that does not accurately reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society. Click here to read more.
Positive Supreme Court Decision:
Voter Registration Process Protected from
On June 17, the US Supreme Court announced it’s decision in the case Arizona v. Intertribal Council – in which the LWVAZ was a plaintiff — in favor of the plaintiffs! The court ruled that when voters register to vote in a federal election, using the federal form, they are not required to mail in proof of citizenship.
Currently Arizona requires all who register by mail to prove they are citizens via a copy of a driver’s license, passport, etc. The federal form simply requires registrants to provide the last 4 digits of their Social Security number and to swear via their signature that they are citizens. Click here to read more.
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