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Oct 7, 2013
Statement on Tom Horne's Legal Opinion
October 7, 2013
Phoenix, AZ-- Statement from DJ Quinlan, executive director Arizona Democratic Party, on Tom Horne’s legal opinion requiring separate state and federal voter registration records:
“Tom Horne’s latest legal theory tests the boundaries of absurdity and vindictiveness. By recommending a two-track voting system, Horne will be creating a group of second-class voters in Arizona. This will also create another confusing layer of bureaucracy to our voting system and potentially cost Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.
Here are some simple facts:
Every registrant who uses a federal form already swears under the threat of prosecution to be a citizen of the United States, and the majority already provide additional proof of citizenship.
Federal form registrants make up only a fraction of a percent of the total registrants in Arizona.
Horne and other Republicans are obsessed with trying to add more burdensome requirements to our voter registration system. They claim to be fighting voter fraud; however, Secretary of State Ken Bennett admits that voter fraud isn’t a “statistically large problem in Arizona.”
Every year more people win the lottery than commit voter fraud. We can only assume that Tom Horne’s legal opinion is driven more by partisan intent and vindictiveness than the merits of what he claims to be fighting. This petty vindictiveness is similar to Governor Brewer’s executive order to deny driver licenses to the Dreamers who are legally-present under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). This is also the same kind of narrow-minded approach to government that has led a group of extreme Tea Party Republicans to shut down the federal government over Obamacare.”