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Updated Sep 9, 2013 - 6:38 pm

Arizona Medicaid, election law referendum deadlines loom

PHOENIX -- Opponents of a new law expanding Medicaid in Arizona say they're still short of the signatures needed to block the law and may not file petitions backing a referendum by Wednesday's deadline.

Opponents have been circulating petitions to block the law and put it on the November 2014 ballot since June. Organizer Christine Bauserman said as of Monday evening they have only about 81,000 signatures.

Supporters need 86,405 valid signatures and are aiming to turn in more than 92,000. If they don't get the extra signatures by Wednesday's deadline the effort has failed.

Another group opposed to a new law changing election rules says they have the needed signatures and will file Wednesday. Democrats, Libertarians and others opposing the GOP-backed election overhaul law argue it was designed to aid Republicans.

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