Legislature revives bill to remove people from early voting list, buries proposal to overturn results

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By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic

The Senate Appropriations Committee has revived legislation to remove voters from the permanent early voting list if they do not vote early in four consecutive primary and general elections.

If you ever think a bill at the Arizona Legislature has met its ultimate defeat, you might want to give it a week or so.

Seven days after it was rejected by the full Senate on a 15-15 vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee revived legislation to remove voters from the permanent early voting list if they do not vote early in four consecutive primary and general elections.

Taking action during a marathon hearing that lasted off and on for more than 12 hours, the committee also voted along party lines to shorten the period for voting by mail.

And while lawmakers discussed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to overturn presidential election results, the proposal’s sponsor, Sen. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, opted against putting it up for a vote.

The measures are just the latest effort by Republican legislators to change various facets of the election process in Arizona after high turnout last year helped President Joe Biden win the state.

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