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Letter: Voter suppression stands on three legs

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Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012 8:06 am | Updated: 8:36 am, Wed Oct 31, 2012.

There are three legs to voter suppression in Arizona — so far.

All initiated by Republican election officials.

First, giving the wrong date for the election in Spanish. Even if you think all voters should speak English, you cannot countenance telling people who prefer Spanish the wrong date.

Second, publicly announcing that people commit a felony when they receive ballots from other people in order to turn the ballots in. There will be tens of thousands of such ballots received by thousands of people including relatives, friends, neighbors and various organizations. And, it just is not true that receiving someone else’s ballot and turning it in for them is illegal.

The third leg of voter suppression in Arizona is aimed at students. The Supreme Court ruled that Arizona’s requirement to provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote was unlawful. Accordingly thousands of students at ASU registered using the federal form since many do not have Arizona driver’s licenses.

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell is holding these registrations in “suspense.” What higher court is she looking to? In the meantime, she is

not sending mail-in ballots to these students and not sending them information about where their polling places are, sample ballots, elections guides or anything else — not even a false date — and not notifying them that there is any problem with their registrations or requests for mail-in ballots.

All of this is voter suppression, it’s a very big deal and it’s all but secret.

Bob Unferth

Phoenix

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