House panel OKs purge of early voter list

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By Nathan Brown | Arizona Capitol Times 

A bill to remove voters from the Permanent Early Voting List if they miss four elections in a row is headed to the full House.

After more than an hour of debate Wednesday, the House Government and Elections Committee voted 7-6 along party lines to advance SB1485. Sponsored by Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, the bill would take people off the list if they skip four elections in a row, primary or general, and then don’t respond to a notice asking if they would like to stay on the Permanent Early Voting List.

The bill’s opponents said it would make things more difficult for senior citizens and people serving in the military or traveling overseas on missions and that it would be especially bad for independents, who would only have to miss two general elections in a row to be removed from the list.

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