Brewer’s Veto Response to Presidential Candidate Proof of Citizenship Bill

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


Presidential Candidate Proof of Citizenship Bill Heads to Governor Brewer

Yesterday, by a unanimous vote of all Republicans, the Arizona House of Representatives passed HB 2177, a bill requiring that all presidential and vice-presidential candidates provide proof of natural-born citizenship documentation to the Arizona Secretary of State in order to be placed on the Arizona ballot.

The Arizona House voted 40 – 16 – 4 to pass the bill. Republicans were unanimous in their support while 20 Democrats either opposed or did not vote for the bill. On Wednesday, the Arizona Senate passed the bill by a vote of 20 – 9 – 1. Again, the vote took place along party lines with Senator Frank Antenori as the only Republican not casting a vote.

This was Representative Carl Seel’s first stand-alone sponsored piece of legislation that many political pundits thought would go nowhere as Democrats and liberal media outlets labeled it as too controversial or fringe. Arizona legislators saw through all the rhetoric and gave it overwhelming support. The bill essentially clarifies what is already required in the Constitution.

The bill now heads to Governor Jan Brewer where she has five days to act by vetoing, signing or allowing the bill to become law without her signature.

Arizonans can now contact the Governor’s office to voice an opinion on what action she should take.

Finally, Representative Carl Seel will appear on CNN this evening at 8 PM to discuss the bill.