Ducey OKs controversial bill to remove some people from Arizona early voting list

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By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic

Republicans argue the measure to remove certain people from the early voting list would help ensure the accuracy of the list, while Democrats call it an attempt at voter suppression after Biden’s win.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that would remove certain voters from the permanent early voting list, approving one of the more controversial election-related bills of the year less than an hour after the Senate gave its final approval in a party-line 16-14 vote.

Republicans have argued Senate Bill 1485 will help ensure the accuracy and efficiency of the list of voters who have signed up to receive a ballot in the mail automatically ahead of each election, but Democrats contend it will purge infrequent voters and is an effort to suppress turnout.

Ducey dismissed those concerns Tuesday, casting the measure as a lowkey matter of election administration and cost savings.

“This bill is simple. It’s all about election integrity,” he said in a video released within an hour of the bill’s passage.

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