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Will scandals that forced 4 lawmakers from office influence voters? (access required)

Not since the AzScam scandal in 1991 have so many Arizona lawmakers left office amid criminal allegations in a single year.

The current scandals could cast a cloud over the state’s general election. Lawmakers who leave in disgrace tend to discourage cynical voters from going to the polls, pollsters and players from the AzScam bribery scandal said.

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