Abrams issues sharp rebuke to Arizona GOP governor for signing ‘devastating anti-voter bill’
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams issued a sharp rebuke to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Tuesday for signing into law legislation she described as a “devastating anti-voter bill.”
Abrams echoed other Democrats’ concerns about the law, which seeks to remove certain voters from the state’s permanent early voter list, in a statement shortly after Ducey signed the bill on Tuesday afternoon. She claimed more than 125,000 voters could be removed from the state’s list, including over 30,000 Latino voters, as a result of the measure.
“This bill threatens the freedom to vote for thousands of Arizonans, and represents nothing less than a direct attack on the core principles of our democracy,” she stated.
She likened the legislation to other Republican-backed elections bills that have been filed or advanced in different parts of the nation in recent months, calling it “one of over 400 proposed anti-voter bills in state legislatures across the country, as our nation endures the worst assault on the right to vote since Jim Crow.”
Senate Bill 1485, which Ducey signed shortly after the state’s GOP-led Senate passed the legislation along party lines earlier in the day, seeks to remove voters from the state’s permanent early voter list if the individual didn’t vote in the primary and general elections for two election cycles in a row.
The voter would get a notification from their county before removal. They can remain on the list if they sign and return it.
While Republicans have claimed the measure will help boost election security, Democrats have sounded the alarm over the bill, arguing the measure is not necessary and warning it could lead to a potential “purge” of thousands of voters.
Democrats have also panned the bill as attempt to take aim at the state’s most popular means of voting after the party secured major victories in the state in the past presidential election and the recent U.S. Senate race.
In her statement on Tuesday, Abrams called the measure and election bills with provisions that would restrict voting access making their way through other GOP-led state legislatures in the country a “coordinated attack on Americans’ freedom to vote demands that Congress respond urgently with federal action to protect voting rights for all eligible voters.”
Abrams added that the bill ups the stakes on Congress to pass sweeping election reform legislation like the For The People Act, as well as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
“It is imperative that swift federal action be taken to counteract Republican efforts to undermine our democracy,” she said.
“There is no time to waste, and as the passage of laws in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and several states across the nation have clearly shown, now is the time for decisive action from Congress to protect the right to vote and to protect our very democracy itself,” she added.