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Arizona Senate passes election overhaul bill

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By CRISTINA SILVA

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate has passed an election omnibus bill that seeks to limit early voting participation.

The 16-13 vote came after the Senate initially voted against the bill late Thursday. Republican Sen. Steve Pierce changed his vote and helped the measure pass when it was brought back for reconsideration.

The House voted 33-26 earlier on Thursday to advance House Bill 2305. The vote came as lawmakers debated a flurry of bills and the 2013 legislative session rushed to a close.

Democrats opposed the measure.

The measure seeks to trim the state's permanent early voting list and limit who can return mail ballots for voters. Opponents say it would limit Democratic and Hispanic voter turnout.

Republicans in the GOP-led Legislature have lobbied for the election overhaul throughout the session.

HB2305: initiatives; filings; circulators

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