Monday, February 24, 2014

Mohave County Democratic Central Committee Passes Resolution Condemning GOP Actions on HB2305

Bullhead, AZ – At their monthly meeting in Bullhead City Wed, Feb. 19th, the Mohave County Democratic Party unanimously approved a resolution condemning the AZ GOP and the majority caucus at the statehouse for their continuing work at voter suppression regarding their controversial 2013 voter suppression bill, HB2305. The resolution drafted by county party secretary  (and congressional candidate) Mikel Weisser and county chair, Joe Longoria, was edited and approved by the party at the county party’s monthly meeting. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, the state Republican Party leadership have a track record of working against the interests of the voters' will and repeatedly taken action to thwart the will of the people and their ability to express that will, through various legislative trickery, and

Whereas, the Republican leadership at the statehouse has worked to limit the rights of voters through the original intent of their 2013 late session bill, HB2305, and that this bill was such an affront to Arizona voters that it was not only Democrats who rose up against it, and

Whereas, twenty-four organizations from around the state joined the Democrats in working to shoot down this potentially dangerous piece of legislation. If it were to take effect, it would have made it a crime to help elderly voters with their ballots. It would have thrown thousands off of the permanent early voter lists and it virtually would have eliminated other recognized political parties in Arizona. There would be no way those political parties could achieve the petition signatures required to even get a candidate on the ballot, and

Whereas, that coalition turned in over 146,000 signatures to repeal the bill, which clearly expressed the will of the people, and

Whereas, the GOP plainly announced their intention to once more thwart the will of the people by first repealing HB2305, so they can pass the same measures in new separate bills to further suppress the voice of the people, and true to their word, the GOP leadership at the statehouse voted in committee to repeal HB2305 and commenced step one of their expressed intentions, and

Whereas, the State Democratic party has actively challenged GOP efforts at every turn and Mohave County Democrats are proud and active members of the Democratic Party, therefore,

Be it hereby resolved, the Mohave County Democratic Central Committee condemns any attempt to revive the issue of HB2305, or any of its voter suppression components. We call on the state GOP to respect the will of the people and let the merits of HB2305 be judged by the citizens it will affect. Respect the voices of 140,000 Arizonans and leave the repeal of HB2305 to a vote of Arizona citizens.

Joe Longoria, Chair
Mohave County Democratic Central Committee
620 E. Beale St. Suite7
Kingman, AZ 86401
ph: 928-753-0006

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