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By Kevin Stone | KTAR
A Republican Arizona lawmaker reportedly said one reason he supports bills some have criticized as voter suppression is that “everybody shouldn’t be voting.”
GOP state Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills said the two parties have a “fundamental difference” in how they approach voting rights, according to CNN.
“Democrats value as many people as possible voting, and they’re willing to risk fraud,” he said in a story posted Thursday on the cable network’s website.
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“Republicans are more concerned about fraud, so we don’t mind putting security measures in that won’t let everybody vote — but everybody shouldn’t be voting.”
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Kavanagh suggested that excluding certain voters from the election process would be a good thing.
“Not everybody wants to vote, and if somebody is uninterested in voting, that probably means that they’re totally uninformed on the issues,” he said. “Quantity is important, but we have to look at the quality of votes, as well.”