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PHOENIX -- A last-minute effort to revive a proposed Arizona election overhaul that would limit early voting has drawn the ire of Hispanic, civil rights and Democratic leaders.

State lawmakers advanced the omnibus election bill without debate Thursday.

The measure seeks to trim the state's permanent early voting list and limit who can return mail ballots for voters. Opponents say the GOP is trying to limit minority voter participation.

Democrats who support Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan opposed by conservative Republicans say the GOP majority wants to use the proposed election changes to stall the budget approval process.

Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert denied that the GOP is using the election overhaul to pit Democrats against the Medicaid expansion plan.

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