A bill allowing county election officials to remove people from the early voting list if they ignored a letter after not voting in consecutive primary and general elections has passed its first hurdle in the state Senate.
The bill sponsored by Republican Senator Michele Reagan passed the Senate elections committee Tuesday on a party line vote even though Reagan acknowledged it needed major revisions.
Representatives from voter rights groups and the League of Women Voters of Arizona testified against the bill as it was written. They argued that its provision for removing voters from the state's permanent early voting list would disenfranchise voters.
A felony charge for someone who makes any change to a voter's registration card also drew fire.