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Arizona election referendum poised for ballot

PHOENIX -- A referendum submitted by opponents of an election law approved by the Legislature appears poised to make it onto Arizona's 2014 ballot.

The Arizona Capitol Times reported Wednesday that more than 100,000 petition signatures have been validated. Only 86,405 are needed to force the referendum.

Robbie Sherwood, spokesman for the Protect Your Right To Vote Committee which spearheaded the effort, says the numbers look good. Sherwood says, not including three counties that still have to check signatures, the validity rate is nearly 82 percent.

Barrett Marson, spokesman for the anti-referendum effort, says a legal challenge may still come.

The law's changes include trimming Arizona's permanent early voting list and limiting who may return mail-in ballots for voters.

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