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Senate leaders move to revive election bills

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Senate leaders have resurrected a handful of election bills that had been stalled amid opposition from Democratic lawmakers and civil rights groups worried about voter disenfranchisement.

Senate President Andy Biggs unveiled Tuesday the election omnibus bill that mirrors a handful of election bills proposed earlier in the legislative session. The bills had previously failed to gain traction in the GOP-led Legislature.

The omnibus bill would allow county election officials to remove voters from the permanent early voting list if they didn't vote by mail in the two most recent general elections. Voters could stay on the list if they returned a completed notice within 30 days confirming their intent to vote by mail in the future.

The bill also says political committees cannot return mail ballots for voters.

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