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Kayenta Area Residents Petition to Protect Voting Rights
KAYENTA – Navajo County Democrats helped more than 100 residents of the Kayenta area signed petitions to overturn a recent attempt by the Arizona Legislature to limit voting rights.

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a portion of the Voting Rights Act, the Arizona Legislature took the opportunity to quickly lump a number of changes into HB 2305 and pass it during the closing days of the legislative session.

The drive Wednesday in Kayenta, which obtained 108 signatures, was one of the largest so far in the statewide Referendum petition effort to block the new law until it is placed on the ballot in the November 2014 election.

Provisions of the new law do everything from limit who can pick up ballots for nursing home patients to making it very difficult for Libertarian and Green Party candidate to get on the ballot. It also attempts to limit the Constitutional Rights of Initiative, Referendum and Recall in Arizona by reducing the ability of courts to protect the state Constitution.

The drive in Kayenta, planned with the help of Jonathan Nez, chairman of the Navajo County Board of Supervisors and member of the Tribal Council, was conducted at the flea market and the local shopping center.

Democrats are confident they will be able to collect the 60,000 signatures needed by the September deadline. Another rally was scheduled for Friday in Whiteriver on the Apache reservation on the opposite end of Navajo County.

“The details of HB 2305 were new to many people in Kayenta, but nearly everyone understood the long-standing hostility of the Republican majority in the Legislature to Voting Rights,” said Eric Kramer, Democratic Party chairman for Navajo County.

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