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Latino groups condemn 2 early-voting bills; plan legal action to stop them (access required)

Faith Mendoza, 17, of Chandler, and Latino political groups say two bills moving through the Senate are aimed at silencing the voices of many newly registered Latino voters. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Faith Mendoza is a 17-year-old honor student from Chandler who spent hundreds of hours through the 2012 election walking the streets, registering voters and then picking up early ballots from people who otherwise might not have voted.

By most accounts, she is a model citizen. But if SB1003 passes through the Legislature in its present form and is signed by the governor, continuing her volunteer work in Arizona would make her a felon.

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Lawmakers crafting responses to election concerns

Sen. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale, chairs the Senate Election Committee. (Cronkite News Service Photo by AJ Vicens)

The large number of provisional ballots cast in November has two lawmakers so far proposing ways to address the issue. Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, the House minority leader, said he is drafting legislation to form a committee to study election problems and recommend legislation.

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