Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Arizona's Proposition 105

The people reserve the power

When Arizona became a state in 1912, one provision in our state’s constitution provided citizens the ability to write or change laws and amend the constitution. It is our citizen’s initiative process. Initiatives allow the people of Arizona to take charge of their state when their elected representatives don’t do something that they want done. The statewide smoking ban that was passed in 2006 is one example of the initiative process in action. In 2008, Proposition 105 proposes to kill the citizen’s initiative process in Arizona.

It is worth a moment to go back to the Arizona Constitution and read the words that the founders placed in that document: “The legislative authority of the state shall be vested in the legislature . . . but the people reserve the power to propose laws and amendments to the constitution and to enact or reject such laws and amendments at the polls, independently of the legislature; and they also reserve, for use at their own option, the power to approve or reject at the polls any act, or item, section, or part of any act, of the legislature.”

“The people reserve the power,” but Prop 105 would take that power away. Proposition 105 is a dangerous and deceptive amendment. It is titled “Majority Rules, Let the People Decide.” That sounds good but the title is nothing more than false advertising. Prop 105 would amend our constitution so that any future initiative would require a majority of all “registered” voters. Registered is the key word. The normal practice in a democracy is that a majority of those who actually vote are counted. Under Prop 105 all registered voters who don’t show up to vote would be counted as No votes. This is un-American and undemocratic. Not a single initiative that was passed by voters, and enacted in to law, since 1974 would have received enough votes under the rules created by Prop 105.

Arizona is part of the bold American journey that began in 1776. Our nation adopted our constitutional form of government in 1787. The U.S. Constitution set the stage for the rise of the greatest democracy ever to grace the face of the earth. Our state’s constitution is modeled after that great document. We cannot allow insidious proposals to undermine our voting rights. Please join me to preserve the voting rights of Arizonans. Prop 105 is a deceptive attempt to take away those rights by counting people who don’t vote.

Vote No on Prop 105!

Jim Breitinger
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