According to the latest annotation on HB2177’s overview page, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill.
Her rationale via AP:
Brewer said in her veto letter that she was troubled that the bill empowered Arizona’s secretary of state to judge the qualifications of all candidates when they file to run for office.
“I do not support designating one person as the gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate, which could lead to arbitrary or politically motivated decisions,” said Brewer, who was secretary of state until she became governor in 2009.
“In addition, I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their ‘early baptismal circumcision certificates’ among other records to the Arizona secretary of state,” she said. “This is a bridge too far.”
Perhaps Gov. Brewer should then explain exactly upon whom does the onus rest to determine presidential eligibility. After all, my own “Candidate Qualifications” category will attest to the fact that, presently, the only thing that a major political party is required to do is to have the candidate sign a self-ascribing document wherein they claim to be eligible. No background documentation, just a signature.
Then this document is formally submitted to a State’s Secretary of State … for official certification.
While she’s at it, perhaps the good Governor can explain the “politically motivated decision” that a Secretary of State already exercises in making sure that ballot access is secured.
Wouldn’t that make a Secretary of State a “gatekeeper” for the ballot?
Gov. Brewer thinks eligibility is a “distraction” (not unlike the liberals in America who think the First and Second Amendments are also “distractions” to statism). She also thinks that the State legislature “has the numbers” to potential override her veto, in which case she’d be “disappointed” if they performed such an action.
For me, I think it’s “disappointing” that we still don’t enforce eligibility in this country.
On the other hand, we have this:
“It’s not part of our package, but if the Legislature passes it we’ll sign it,” press secretary Kyle Plotkin said.
House Bill 561 was filed last week by two Republican lawmakers. …
Quick — somebody grab the popcorn!!
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