Arizona Republicans Are Working To Purge State’s Permanent Early Voter List

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If this law had been in effect previously, 200,000 Arizonans who voted in 2016 and 2018 would have been purged.

According to Talking Points Memo, a bill is currently going to the floor of the Arizona House which would purge voters from the Permanent Early Voting List.

The bill, as passed by the Arizona House Elections Committee last week, would remove voters from the list if they did not vote in either the primary or general election for two consecutive election cycles. Consequently, the removed voters would no longer receive an early mail-in ballot automatically.

Following slow ballot counts in Maricopa County at the end of the 2018 midterm elections, several local representatives have sought to check the authority of the County’s top election official and restrict early voting practices statewide.

This most recent proposal has been spearheaded by Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R), and opposed by the Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D). Secretary Hobbs estimates that between 2016 and 2018, some 200,000 voters would have been removed from the list under the bill.

The next step for the bill is to pass through the full GOP-controlled House before moving on to Governor Doug Ducey.

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