2nd Referendum Targeting Ariz. Immigration Law Dropped

Ginger Rough, Arizona Republic (Phoenix), May. 10, 2010

The second of two referendum efforts challenging Arizona’s tough new immigration law has been scrapped by its organizers.

A group called One Arizona originally filed petitions with the Secretary of State’s Office on April 28, but decided over the weekend to disband the effort, said Chairman Andrew Chavez, who runs a petition-circulating company.

Chavez said that effort was scuttled after he and his clients determined that the Secretary of State’s Office would likely refer the referendum to the 2010 ballot in November, rather than put it before voters in 2012.

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When asked if the group had concerns about its ability to collect the needed 76,682 signatures from registered voters, Chavez responded, “not at all.”

A second effort to repeal Senate Bill 1070 was abandoned last week.

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Tucson and Pima County voters will not have to make a decision about some of the referendums that were supposed to be on the ballot in 2010 and 2012. Two of them were dropped on May 10, 2010.

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In a poll taken among Arizona residents on May 4, 2010, 52% of the public favored the law, 39% opposed it and 9 percent were unsure. {snip}

Other challenges to SB 1070 include that of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders, one on behalf of Tucson Officer Martin Escobar and Phoenix Officer David Salgado.. Joining in suits are the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, the Mexican Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Immigration Law Center.

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