JUST DAYS BEFORE PRIMARY, REPUBLICAN ARIZONA GOVERNOR WITHDRAWS CONTROVERSIAL VOTING RIGHTS INITIATIVE

Feb 17, 2000
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, in an unprecedented move, the Governor of Arizona, Republican Jane Dee Hull, an avid supporter and the Chair of George W. Bush's Arizona Presidential campaign, went over the head of Arizona's Attorney General, Democrat Janet Napolitano, and sent a notice to the Voting Rights Section of the U.S. Justice Department stating that Arizona is withdrawing its submission to the U.S. Justice Department of the state's anti- sampling law. Until today, Arizona had submitted for clearance, as is mandated under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, its attempt to bar the use of modern statistical methods for re-districting Arizona's state and federal legislative district lines.

"Clearly, the state of Arizona realized that it was embarrassing itself. With today's action Arizona's minority community can declare a victory. Arizona must have recognized that it could not possibly show an absence of discrimination in the state's proposed anti-sampling law. Arizona's Chapter 47 would have violated the rights of Hispanics, Blacks and American Indians in Arizona, by effectively discriminating against minority voting rights," Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Ranking Democratic Member on the House Subcommittee on the Census, said today.

"I firmly believe that this unprecedented act by Governor Hull is a direct result of pressures from her candidate, George W. Bush. Bush, since entering the presidential campaign, has been the only candidate who has refused to state whether or not he would release corrected data from the 2000 Census. Senator McCain, former Senator Bradley and Vice President Gore have all stated that they would. Bush is desperately trying to dodge answering questions about the Census and is obviously hoping this move by his State Campaign Chair will help quiet the issue before the pending Arizona primary," Maloney continued.

"Bush has refused to respond to letters from African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American Members of Congress, and has refused to give straight answers to the media on this issue. On Jan. 20, 2000, Bush Spokesperson Scott McClellan responded "We're still looking at the issue." (Wash. Post 1/20/2000). With only a few months left in this presidential election, George W. Bush owes Americans a direct answer on the Census," Maloney said.

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) is the Ranking Member of the Congressional Subcommittee on the Census.

 

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