Gov. Brewer signs elections-overhaul repeal
Associated Press Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:05 PM
PHOENIX — Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill repealing a 2013 elections overhaul championed by Republicans that left voter-rights groups incensed.
Brewer signed House Bill 2196 Thursday. The action cancels a November election where voters would have had the final say.
Republicans passed the elections overhaul in the final hours of the 2013 legislative session. The wide-ranging bill angered Democrats, some conservative Republicans outside the Legislature and third-party candidates.
They came together to collect more than 146,000 signatures to place the law on hold and put it on the November ballot.
Republicans this year say they voted to repeal their law to follow the will of the voters. Democrats opposed the repeal and said citizens should be able to vote on the overhaul.
Posted on February 27, 2014 2:06 pm by EJ Montini
Another bill Brewer should have vetoed.
Gov. Jan Brewer was on a roll.
She did one good thing in a row when she vetoed SB 1062.
She could have done another very good thing if she had vetoed HB 2196. Instead, she signed it.
HB 2196 was the repeal of a law passed last year at the legislature, HB 2305, a wide-ranging voter-suppression law.
In response to that law, which would have made it harder for third-party candidates to get on the ballot, harder to get an initiative on the ballot and harder for more people to vote, a coalition of citizens groups got together and collected enough signatures to put HB 2305 on the November ballot for everyone in Arizona to decide whether the law should stand.
Citizens would have made the call.
HB 2196 was end run around voters, around you.
By repealing the old law legislators now can return in the future and introduce the various aspects of it piecemeal.
Politics wins. Voters lose – again.
And the governor’s streak of good deeds ends at … one.