RYAN VAN VELZER
PHOENIX (AP) – The House Elections Committee has passed several bills affecting voters, including a proposal that would block voter initiatives, referendums and recalls for minor errors.
Democratic Rep. Jonathan Larkin of Glendale voted against House Bill 2407, calling it a “voter-suppression” bill while Republican Rep. J.D. Mesnard of Chandler said the bill would clarify a process for voters to follow.
The bill echoes a provision in an Arizona election law Gov. Jan Brewer repealed in 2014 over concerns about voters’ rights.
Other bills that passed the committee on Monday include legislation that would notify voters with a problem in their ballot, move up primary election dates, create an electronic filing system for campaign finance reports and allow for audits on qualifying cash contributions.
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