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GOP lawmaker files bill repealing new election law

PHOENIX -- A Republican lawmaker is pushing a proposal repealing a sweeping election law that passed last year and galvanized voter's rights groups, Democrats and third-party candidates.

Rep. Eddie Farnsworth filed House Bill 2196 on Thursday to repeal last year's law. It was anticipated by many watching the Republican House and Senate delegations.

That's because groups opposed to the law collected enough signatures to put it on hold pending voter approval in November.

HB2305 trimmed Arizona's permanent early voting list by cutting non-active voters and limiting who may return mail-in ballots. It also greatly increased the number of signatures third-party candidates must gather to appear on the ballot, infuriating Libertarians, and contained a host of other changes.

The opposition groups collected enough signatures to get the Republican-backed legislation before voters in November.

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