Equality Arizona

EQ AZ Board endorses HB 2305 referendum effort

PHOENIX- The Board of Directors of Equality Arizona officially endorses the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee’s effort to give voters the opportunity to decide if the state can implement sweeping changes to the elections process.

“This is an issue that Arizonans should decide,” said Rebecca Wininger,EQ AZ president.

Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed HB 2305,a bill that would alter the state’s early voting process.Additional­ ly,it would change the nominating signature requirements,making it more difficult for some candidates, especially members of third parties,to qualify for the ballot.The EQ AZ Board views the bill as a partisan attempt to exclude some citizens from the political process.

If the Protect Your Right to Vote Committee gets 86,405 valid signatures by Sept.12,this legislation will be challenged through referendum.Then voters will decide if this law should go into effect in the November
2014 general election.

The EQ AZ Board’s support of the referendum effort stems from its commitment to full equality for the
LGBTQ community.

“We oppose any effort to exclude eligible people from the political process,” Wininger said. “We believe our mission is better served when more people participate in elections.”

Equality Arizona’s mission is to secure,protect,and defend the rights and welfare of lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgender people in Arizona. We work to organize the movement for equality,educate voters,and influence policymakers. We continue to advocate for safe schools legislation and policies protecting stu­ dents from anti-LGBTQ bullying,inclusive nondiscrimination and hate crimes protections statewide,and equal legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples.

Equality Arizona Advocacy Fund, P.O, Box 25044, Phoenix,AZ 85002-5044
Tel. 602-558-8876. Visit us online at equalityarizona.com