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House committee to hear Arizona election bill

A state House committee on Thursday will consider a Senate-approved bill that was proposed because of delays in Arizona’s redistricting process.

The bill on the Judiciary Committee’s agenda was pushed through the Senate during the session’s first three days.

It would let congressional candidates collect nominating petition signatures from voters in either current districts or approved new districts. Legislative candidates already have that flexibility under a law passed last year.

The redistricting commission approved final maps on Tuesday but it could be months before the new congressional and legislative districts receive federal clearance under the Voting Rights Act.

Arizona approved similar legislation a decade ago in the face of similar delays in approval of new district maps.

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