Last night, the Arizona state legislature voted to send to the ballot a measure that would repeal the popular and successful Clean Elections law, which voters passed at the ballot in 1998. Opponents of the law, backed by wealthy special interests determined to return to calling the shots in the state Capitol, were finally able to pass a repeal measure after years of trying. This news comes on the same day that new polling was released that shows that Arizona voters like the Clean Elections law and want it to remain on the books.
After getting a short description of the law support rises with 77% of Arizonans in favor, 14% opposed, and just 9% undecided. Independents very strongly support Clean Elections with a description (79% favor, 12% oppose), as do Democrats (80%-7%) and Republicans (74%-19%).
"Voters clearly want to keep this Clean Elections law in Arizona," pollster David Mermin said in a telephonic news conference. "They also support strengthening the law."
Some in the legislature clearly agree: "I say heaven help anybody who votes against Clean Elections," said Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson in a azcentral.com story.
Click here for the full Arizona polling.
Click here for the azcentral.com story.