Arizona’s Presidential Preference election would be no more under a bill the House tentatively passed Wednesday. House Speaker David Gowan’s proposal repeals the election and sets aside just over six million dollars to reimburse counties for their election expenses. Democrats argue

dispensing with the Presidential Preference election undermines the Independent vote. They comprise the largest group of Arizona’s registered voters. But Gowan refutes that, saying any citizen has the right to vote; in fact, he says the R-N-C stands to lose delegates.

Currently the state does allow Independents to vote, although it means they must temporarily register to a party in order to do so. They could then switch back to their original Independent status after the election. Gowan also points out the legislation has no effect on next month’s Presidential Preference Primary.

H-B 2567 is now headed for the Senate for consideration.

–Barbara Villa