Action Alert: Kill This Bill – HB 2305 Voter Suppression

 

Action Alert: Kill This Bill – HB 2305 Voter Suppression

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Yesterday the Arizona legislature took up the so-called election "reform" bills designed to restrict your constitutional rights as an Arizona citizen to citizen initiatives and referendums and to make it more difficult to submit petitions, and to make it more difficult for some people to vote (aka voter suppression). The conference committee approved it in five minutes without any public testimony.

Once again, these so-called election "reform" bills have now been grouped together under HB 2305 pertaining to "Initiatives; filings; circulators," House Engrossed Version and Senate Engrossed Version (the conference committee bill is not yet available).

The Arizona Republic reports, Arizona lawmakers forward bill on election changes:  Lawmakers broke a stalemate over wide-ranging changes to Arizona election procedures Thursday, bundling several hotly disputed proposals into one bill and triggering warnings of potential lawsuits over voter suppression.

The changes, if approved by the House and Senate, would tighten procedures for citizen initiatives and referenda, limit who can return a voter’s ballot to the polls, and drop people from the permanent early-voting list if they fail to vote by mail in consecutive elections.

“The one commonality in the bill is inhibiting people’s ability to exercise the right to vote,” said state Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix.

Gallardo attended the brief conference committee on House Bill 2305, which ran less than five minutes, did not provide any explanation of the proposed changes to the public in attendance, and passed without any comment from the four Republicans and two Democrats on the committee.

Among the provisions:

Recall campaigns must show “strict compliance” with the state Constitution and state laws. To date, the courts, have given citizen efforts some leeway in navigating state rules.

Another provision would require initiative backers to file their petition sheets in a precise order or risk having the state attorney general order them to refile. But it would not give them extra time, something that could be a problem since many initiative campaigns wait until the last minute to file their petitions.

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Voters who are on the permanent early voting list and who fail to vote using their mail-in ballot would be notified that they are being dropped from the list unless they indicate otherwise. It would apply to any voter who did not mail in their ballot in the primary and general elections in 2012, as well as in the primary and general elections of 2014.

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A person can give their completed ballot to another person to drop off at the polls as long as that person “is acting without direction from a political committee, group or organization.”The voter and the person returning their ballot must fill out an affidavit attesting the voter needed help getting the ballot returned to the polls. [Violation of the provision carries a Class 1 misdemeanor.]

The provision is a reaction to numerous Latino groups which last fall returned batches of ballots to the Maricopa County elections office. Officials feared ballot tampering, and cited incidents in which two individuals attempted to collect ballots while misrepresenting whom they represented. However, there was never any evidence of ballot tampering, and no charges were filed.

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Loosens signature requirements for legislative and congressional candidates to get on the ballot. It leaves untouched requirements for statewide offices such as governor and attorney general, as well as county offices.

“Once again, we make it easier for ourselves and make it difficult (for others).” Gallardo said.

This is a voter suppression bill that will restrict your constitutional rights as an Arizona citizen to citizen initiatives and referendums and to make it more difficult to submit petitions, and to make it more difficult for some people to vote. This conference committee bill will need to be voted on by both chambers of the legislature to advance.

Call your state legislators now to oppose this voter suppression bill, and keep calling them until this voter suppression bill has been defeated.

You should also oppose HB 2518, which includes Rep. Justin Olson’s provision for "approval voting" in city or town primary or first elections (The voter in the primary or first election shall be permitted to vote for as many candidates for a single office as the voter chooses to approve – The two candidates who receive the highest and second highest number of votes in the primary or first election shall advance to the general or runoff election for that city or town without regard to whether any one candidate has received a majority of the votes cast for that office.) This flies in the face of the constitutional standard of "one person, one vote" and allows for the organized manipulation of the vote.

 

 

Keep the two quotes to follow in mind as you read the accompanying article…

image …Keep the two quotes to follow in mind as you read the accompanying article…

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary actGeorge Orwell

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear  Harry S Truman

 

 

NSA taps in to user data of Google, Skype and others, secret files reveal
06-07-2013  •  The Guardian
The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants as part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material including

President Obama defended his administration’s data-gathering programs Friday, calling them necessary for national security and well within the bounds of the law, and saying he believed his administration had "struck the right balance" between privacy and security.

"I think it’s important to understand that you can’t have 100 percent security and then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society," he said at an event in San Jose, Calif.

Obama said that Congress had been fully briefed on the programs, and that all operations were approved by the FISA court. He also criticized how the information about the programs had become public.

"I don’t welcome leaks. There’s a reason why these programs are classified," but added: "We have established a program that the American people should feel comfortable about."  …For more information… http://www.politico.com

 

 Udall sound alarm on privacy  ….: Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
The two Democrats have long been lonely voices warning against government surveillance activities.
more:
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/nsa-snooping-gets-mixed-hill-reviews-92381.html

Bush critics turn wrath on Obama  …By: Darren Samuelsohn
Some of the loudest voices of Bush’s second term are demanding similar answers of the president.
more:
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/george-w-bush-haters-turn-wrath-on-obama-92388.html

 

Obama Blasts Media ‘Hype’ Over Secret Program, Calling Them ‘Modest Encroachments On Pri
06-07-2013  •  Business Insider
President Barack Obama pushed back on what he called "hype" over reports detailing broad government surveillance, saying "modest encroachments on privacy" were necessary tradeoffs for security.  

Congressional leaders: NSA data gathering is routine
06-07-2013  •  usatoday.com
The top lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee sought to tamp down the uproar over revelations that the National Security Agency swept up millions of Verizon telephone records, reminding their colleagues that Congress has approved laws granti 

CIA Chief: We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher
06-06-2013  •  Wired
More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot wait to spy on you through them. 

Now FBI wants back door to all software
06-06-2013  •  WND
The FBI is unhappy that there are communications technologies that it cannot intercept and wants to require that software makers and communications companies create a back door so they can listen in when they desire.. 

Dept. of Homeland Security: Laptops, Phones Can Be Searched Based on Hunches
06-06-2013  •  CBS News
U.S. border agents should continue to be allowed to search a traveler’s laptop, cellphone or other electronic device and keep copies of any data on them based on no more than a hunch, otherwise it would prevent the U.S. from detecting child porn 

NSA’s Verizon Spying Order Specifically Targeted Americans, Not Foreigners
06-06-2013  •  Forbes
The program is purely domestic,” says the ACLU’s National Security Project. ”This is also an indiscriminate dragnet. Say what you will about warrantless wiretapping, at least it targeted Al Qaeda. This includes every customer of Verizon

NSA spying revealed: Uncle Sam is watching you, and both Congress and the courts are complicit
06-06-2013  •  People’s Consortium
The UK Guardian published a previously secret court order authorizing dragnet surveillance of millions of Americans without any pretense of justification, confirming concerns raised by civil libertarians (including me) for years (Shahid Buttar) 

there is no longer a clear understandable line in the sand

…when there is no longer a clear understandable line in the sand …

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determining the “good-guys” from the “bad-guys” becomes increasingly more difficult …today there truly is no longer any line…

do NOT vote as a block

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…because those with student loans do NOT vote as a block … do NOT hold fast to similar values corporate manipulators of the Congre$$ they own will never take any substantive action to lower student loan rates especially since the FED will never willingly permit it…

would not matter if all the characters

…it would not matter if all the characters

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depicted were emblematic of Democrats the caption would be the same…

…Politics is just point finger … blame the other guy … take no responsibility for one’s action … lie … cheat … steal … the American public frankly doesn’t give a damn…

trader$ produces unbiased objective results

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…no doubt taking a poll of Wall $treet Stock trader$ produces unbiased objective results on anything to do with the value of stocks or their manipulation…

…color us $TUPID if we believe this crap…

the path to attain this goal is fraught

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…the path to attain this goal is fraught with pitfalls, landmines, detours and an insufferable degree of religiosity and politics…

…but at some point America will albeit begrudgingly acknowledge “gay” marriage extending the same “rights” as are now extended to “straights”…