The secretary of state then has 72 hours, not including weekends and
holidays, to calculate the total validity rate and number of valid
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The final determination of whether the
referendum effort against the law has enough signatures to force the
question on the November 2014 ballot will be made by the end of October
or early November, depending on when the counties actually receive the
signatures to validate.
The Capitol Times sister publication, The Yellow Sheet Report, reported the H2305 challenge has 53K signature buffer.
On its face, this seems a relatively safe cushion for this referendum to survive the certain legal challenge to be filed by the usual suspects in the Arizona GOP who favor voter suppression.
Among them is one of the authors of HB 2305, Rep. Michele Reagan, who filed the purposefully misleadingly named Protect Our Secret Ballot Committee (HB 2305 has nothing at all to do with secret ballots).
And, of course, the lobbyist Jonathan “Payday” Paton, who is using a former staffer from his failed 2012 congressional campaign, Robert Mayer,
and Arizona GOP counsel Lee Miller, to file the purposefully misleadingly named Stop Voter Fraud Committee.
Secretary of State Ken “Birther” Bennett testified to a
U.S. Senate panel in December last year that Arizona prosecuted a
whopping fifteen cases of voter fraud in the last eighteen months.
And none of these were cases of non-citizens voting, but rather
“snowbirds” who voted in Arizona and in another state. 2.3 million
ballots were cast in the 2012 election in Arizona. Ken Bennett’s passion for voter fraud turns up fifteen cases.
Jonathan “Payday” Paton has been trying for years to kill Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Commission, and has twice failed to dictate to the City of Tucson how it must conduct its local city elections.
News reports earlier this year indicated that GOP voter suppression specialist Nathan Sproul, a Republican
political strategist who runs Lincoln Strategy Group, is involved with Paton’s Stop Voter Fraud Committee. Sproul has been at the epicenter of controversies over the past decade involving allegations of voter registration fraud.
Amazing how all of these Tea-Publicans who are supposedly concerned about the right to vote are not the least bit concerned about voter registration fraud by Nathan Sproul and his minions.
The Arizona GOP can start by cleaning out its own house of political corruption and voter suppression. Paton, Sproul and Sean Noble, the ‘Wizard’ Behind Koch Brothers’ Donor Network, would be a good place to start.