Arizona lawmakers move to revive election bills
Published: June 6, 2013 at 10:22 am
Arizona Republican lawmakers are again working to revive a series of divisive election bills that opponents say will limit Democratic and Hispanic voter turnout.
Lawmakers are slated to debate the election bills Thursday and opponents are asking their supporters to lobby lawmakers against the provisions.
Democrats who support Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan opposed by conservative Republicans say the GOP-leadership wants to revive the election bills to stall the budget approval process.
Some Senate Democrats have said they won’t support the proposed Medicaid expansion plan in the state budget if it also includes the election bills. Brewer needs Democratic votes to get the Medicaid overhaul passed.
The election bills seek to trim the state’s permanent early voting list, among other measures.
Voter-friendly groups say that would limit participation.