Arizona Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2) sent out an e-mail (reproduced below) to supporters this morning, strongly urging them to "Stop Voter Suppression in Arizona" by joining the referendum effort to stop the election reform bill passed at the end of the Arizona legislative session and signed by Governor Jan Brewer.
A coalition of groups needs to gather more than 86,000 valid signatures by September 12 to keep the law from going into effect for next year's election, and to put it on the November 2014 ballot. Among the provisions that prompted the referendum effort are changes that would require Libertarians and other third parties to obtain significantly more nominating signatures to be placed on the ballot.
Republicans believe that Libertarian candidates effected the final results in two Arizona Congressional elections last year. Barber's was NOT one of them. (The contests in CD1 and CD9 were decided by fewer votes than the Libertarian received.)
Barber's letter - sent from his campaign and not from his official e-mail - does not mention the nominating signature issue, instead emphasizing the provisions regarding early ballots (the Permanent Early Voting List, and the delivery of early ballots): "Under the guise of "election reform" we saw voter suppression rushed through the State Legislature by the Republican majority and signed into law by the Governor with an almost unprecedented lack of public input. The law makes voting more difficult for seniors, students, minorities, and lower-income individuals and families." (emphasis his)
Here is the entire text of the e-mail, below the jump:
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