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Sad day for voter suppression in Arizona
Posted by Donna Gratehouse
I’ve been off blogging for nearly a week and for a very good reason, as I’ve been spending much of my time helping to organize and verify petitions (pats self on back) for the referendum to overturn HB2305, an omnibus bill designed to attack access to the ballot by non-Republicans. At 2pm today, representatives from the Protect Your Right to Vote Arizona Commmittee led by chair Julie Erfle, along with reps from the Democratic and Libertarian Parties and 20 different community organizations, held a press conference at the state capitol in front of dozens of boxes packed full of petitions. The minimum requirement to get on the 2014 is about 87K signatures and we brought 146K. Organizers deliberately acted modest about their expectations on the signature gathering operation, which made it fun to watch the haters taunt it.
Yes, it is fascinating. After the inevitable challenges to the signatures by the forces of voter suppression, the referendum will be on the 2014 ballot and the law will be stayed until then. Huzzah!
Sam Wercinski of Arizona Advocacy Network spoke at the presser and reminded the reporters and crowd of Moral Majority co-founder Paul Weyrich‘s famous quote about voting.
“Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.
As I left the Capitol I passed by a small group of people in lawn chairs under a tree with a “Stop Obamacare. Sign the Petition” sign. Not sure if they were still trying to gather signatures for the right wing referendum to stop AZ’s Medicaid expansion, which appears to have fizzled out, or not. Quel dommoge!
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Bio: I grew up in Silver Spring, MD, and an adventurous streak led me to join the Navy. I moved to Arizona in 1997 after serving 10 years in the Navy to work in semi-conductor manufacturing. I got involved in national and Arizona politics in 2003. I ran for 2006 State Senate in Ahwatukee and was a Delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. I now live in North Central Phoenix with my boyfriend, Mark, and our three dogs. I've been blogging for Democratic Diva since 2007 about local and national politics with a strong emphasis on women's issues.
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