I recently have been hearing many comments about Proposition 200 being promoted by racists, and that's simply not true! I am now referring to that portion of the proposition that deals with voter registration. After reading Title 16 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, I realize that absolutely no proof of U.S. citizenship, or of legal Arizona residency, is required to register to vote.
I contacted representatives of both the Gila County Recorder's Office and the Secretary of State's Office, and asked the question, "Do you have any idea actually how many of the state's registered voters may not be citizens of the U.S., or are not legal residents of Arizona?" In both cases, their replies were, "We have no idea."
The reason this happens is that all that is required at the time of registration is a signed affidavit the the applicant has met all the registration requirements.
If they don't have a driver's license, social security number, or other valid identification, they can simply request a special voter ID number be assigned to them by the Secretary of State. It behooves each and every one of our registered voters to really read Proposition 200, as well as Title 16 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. This information can be found at your public library.
When our last Presidential election was determined in Florida by fewer than 1,000 votes, it's pretty alarming to me that it is very likely that tens of thousands of voters in Arizona are not truly qualified to vote. Proposition 200 will remedy this situation by requiring proof of citizenship and residency, and will give our registrars the tools they need to get these voter registration rosters straightened out.It has nothing to do with racism, so let's do what our politicians don't have the courage to do, and vote yes on Proposition 200.
Larry J. Kontz, Payson