PHOENIX — A last-minute effort to revive a proposed Arizona election
overhaul that would limit early voting has drawn the ire of Hispanic, civil
rights and Democratic leaders.
State lawmakers advanced the omnibus election bill without debate Thursday.
The measure seeks to trim the state’s permanent early voting list and limit who
can return mail ballots for voters. Opponents say the GOP is trying to limit
minority voter participation.
Democrats who support Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan opposed by
conservative Republicans say the GOP majority wants to use the proposed election
changes to stall the budget approval process.
Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert denied that the GOP is using the
election overhaul to pit Democrats against the Medicaid expansion plan.