Senate moves to restrict early voting

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services 

Republican senators are moving on two fronts to erect new hurdles in the path of those who want to vote early.

On a party-line vote, GOP senators on Monday decided to scrap existing laws which determine the validity of early ballots based solely on county election workers matching their signatures on the envelopes with what’s on file.

Instead, they would need to provide an affidavit with their date of birth and the number of a state driver’s license, identification card or tribal enrollment card.

No such identification? Voters would have to send a copy of any other federal state or locally issued ID card.

And if they don’t have that?

The proposal by Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, gets more complicated.

First, there’s the need for someone’s voter registration number.

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