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League of Women Voters: Arizona's Efforts Will Disenfranchise Voters PDF  | Print |  Email
By League of Women Voters Press Release   
October 09, 2007

Download Arizona Sexcretary of State Jan Brewer's Statement at EAC Hearing

 

Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer today announced that she will sue the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to force the commission to accept an ID requirement as part of the federal mail voter registration application form.

"The League strongly opposes this move," said Mary G. Wilson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. "We all understand that an ID requirement will undermine voter participation, especially by older women, minorities, and persons with disabilities," she said.

"We had hoped that using states' rights as a way to disenfranchise American voters was a thing of the past," Wilson said. "It is disturbing that any public official could be comfortable knowingly disenfranchising voters," stated Wilson.


Bonnie Saunders, president of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, pointed out that, "voter advocacy organizations in Arizona have been fighting this for years. Raising new barriers to voting is a bad idea," Saunders said. The League of Women Voters of Arizona is party to a lawsuit challenging Arizona's new requirement that voters provide proof of citizenship, such as an ID, before they are allowed to register to vote. "Many American citizens do not have any of the required forms of ID including a certified copy of their birth certificate," Saunders said, "and it costs a significant amount to get one. People should not have to pay to register to vote."

"Instead of dampening the enthusiasm of voters, we need to do every thing possible to encourage and assist voters in exercising this right that we as Americans too easily take for granted," Wilson stated.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages.
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