Arizona House Republicans Pass Two Major Election Bills

Ari­zona House Repub­li­cans advanced a mea­sure requir­ing elec­tion offi­cials to give pros­e­cu­tors records of mail bal­lots that get reject­ed because the sig­na­ture doesn’t match the one on file.

Mail vot­ing accounts for the over­whelm­ing major­i­ty of bal­lots cast in Ari­zona. Coun­ty offi­cials ver­i­fy they’re valid by match­ing a sig­na­ture on the bal­lot enve­lope to those on file from vot­er reg­is­tra­tion forms, driver’s license records and pre­vi­ous elections.

If the sig­na­ture seems off, offi­cials work to con­tact the vot­er, who has five days after the elec­tion to resolve the issue. Bal­lots not resolved are not counted.

The mea­sure, SB1241, would require coun­ty elec­tion offi­cials to give a vari­ety of infor­ma­tion from those bal­lots to the coun­ty attor­ney or attor­ney gen­er­al, includ­ing the sig­na­tures from the bal­lot enve­lope and those on file and the voter’s con­tact information.

Mean­while, House Repub­li­cans also vot­ed to raise the thresh­old for an auto­mat­ic recount of an elec­tion to 0.5 per­cent­age points.

Under the cur­rent stan­dard, recalls are trig­gered for most statewide races when the mar­gin is few­er than 200 votes.

Both mea­sures still need approval in the Senate.

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