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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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Hotly contested races on tap for general election (access required)

For many candidates, the Aug. 28 primary election settled whether they will join next year’s state Legislature. But for others, the results merely signaled that they will be part of bigger matchups in the general election. At least five Senate seats will be fiercely contested this November, based on an analysis by the Arizona Capitol Times.

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