Arizona House Votes To Repeal Last Year's Election Law

February 13, 2014

The Arizona House of Representatives has voted to repeal a controversial election law approved last year. Last year’s House Bill 2305 would, among other things, allow county recorders to remove people from the Permanent Early Voting List and increase the number of signatures some party’s candidates need to collect in order to qualify for the ballot.

A coalition of opponents collected enough signatures to refer the law to this November’s ballot, which put its implementation on hold, pending the vote. Now, state lawmakers are working to repeal the law and head off the referendum. Repeal supporters said they are listening to the voters who helped refer the law to the ballot, but referendum supporters argue lawmakers want to repeal the law, avoid the referendum and then enact provisions of the law one-by-one.

Thursday’s vote in the House fell along party lines, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. There is a similar measure working its way through the state Senate.