Arizona GOP Bypasses Democratic Governor to Push Measures for November Ballot

( – Arizona is one of the most important battleground states in the 2024 election. The state could be one of six that decides the presidential election. The Arizona GOP is also waging a war against the Democratic governor by completely circumventing her to get important issues on the ballot.

In the first week of June, the Republican-controlled state legislature approved a ballot measure that would allow law enforcement to act as immigration officers. If voters approve it, police could arrest people they suspect entered the country illegally.

Violators would be required to spend 30 days in jail. The state would be allowed to deport migrants if they agree to it before they are prosecuted or after their prosecution if they refuse to go voluntarily.

Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs vehemently disapproved of the ballot measure. She vetoed a similar bill passed by the legislature earlier this year. However, Republicans used a veto loophole this time around to get it on the ballot, keeping it out of Hobbs’ veto pen. They also did it without going out and gathering signatures from citizens, as is generally required.

Republicans have also placed a measure on the ballot that would make it much harder for Arizona residents to get future initiatives on the ballot through community organizing efforts. The GOP put that measure on the ballot the same way they put the immigration measure there. This ballot measure was a response to Democratic organizers who gathered enough signatures to put abortion access in front of voters in November.

Experts believe the ballot measures will make the general election even more competitive because it will not just be about which presidential candidate wins. Arizonans will also decide on multiple issues affecting their day-to-day lives. This will allow them to take their security into their own hands since President Joe Biden has failed to respond effectively to the open border.

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