Here is the letter issued by Governor Jan Brewer regarding her veto of HB 2177.
The Honorable Kirk Adams
Speaker of the House
Arizona House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Re; House Bill 2177 (presidential candidates, qualifications, affidavit)
Dear Speaker Adams:
Today I vetoed House Bill 2177. House Bill 2177 empowers the Secretary of State or other election officers in Arizona to judge the qualifications of every federal, state and local candidate at the time of filing. As a former Secretary of State, I do not support designating one person as the gatekeeper to the ballot for a candidate, which could lead to arbitrary or politically-motivated decisions.
In addition, I never imagined being presented witha a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their “early baptismal or circumcision certificates” among other records to the Arizona Secretary of State. This is a bridge too far.
This measure creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona.
cc: The Honorable Russell Pearce
The Honorable Carl Seel