Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Petitions for the referendum (citizens veto) to block the Voter Suppression Act, HB 2305, are circulating throughout the state. You can sign the petition at your County Democratic Party offices, and you can also pick up a petition to gather signatures.
For more information here in Pima County please call Shasta McManus, Executive Director of the Pima County Democratic Party, at 520-326-3716 or you can pick up petitions at 4639 E 1st St. in Tucson. In Cochise County please call Pat Fleming, Chair of the Cochise County Democratic Committee, at 520-249-5228. You can also call Barbara Lubin with the Arizona Democratic Party at 602-234-6800 and pick up petitions at 2910 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.
Below is a letter from Arizona Democratic Party Chair, Bill Roe:
One of our most valuable rights, the right to vote, is under attack by the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. Under the guise of “election reform” and with a minimum of public input, the Republican majority rammed HB2305 through the legislature and it was signed by the Governor. HB2305 makes it more difficult for voters to exercise their freedom to vote and limits the number of candidates able to qualify for the ballot. It is a blatant attempt by tea party extremists to retain power by changing election laws to favor their candidates.
We are requesting that you gather signatures to refer HB2305 to the ballot and give voters the opportunity to have their voices heard. State law requires that referendum signatures be filed by Sept. 12th. If enough valid signatures are filed by the deadline, the law does not go into effect but rather is placed on the next general election ballot in November of 2014.
Included in your packet are tools to help you collect petition signatures. The rules for collecting signatures for referendum are different than for candidate petitions so we have provided a list of guidelines to make sure every signature you obtain is legal. In addition, we have provided talking points which explain why HB2305 is bad public policy and a suggested script for you to use when you approach your neighbors.
We ask that you collect a minimum of 45 signatures and return the petitions to the Arizona Democratic Party office, Pima County Headquarters or your county chair no later than August 15th. While some people may obtain this signature goal or exceed it, we ask that everyone return whatever number of signatures they collect by this deadline. If you have any questions or need more information please call Barbara Lubin, 602-234-6800 or Jacqueline Adams, 602-234-6803 at the ADP office.
Thank you for your investment of time and energy. You are part of a statewide effort comprised of many different groups who have come together to protect the most precious of our freedoms: the right to vote.
h/t graphic: Stephen Lemons, Phoenix New Times