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Arizona Bill Would Restrict Payments For Registering Voters

The Arizona House has voted to make it a crime for people who conduct voter registration drives to be paid based on the number of voters they sign up.

The measure, approved by Republicans in a party-line vote, also would require people who collect voter registration forms to turn them in to elections officials within 10 days. Violations could result in misdemeanor charges.

Republicans say the measure will prevent fraud by eliminating incentives for voter-registration workers to falsify forms.

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Democrats say the measure is actually intended to suppress voter turnout, noting that Democrats made gains following a spike in turnout in the 2018 election.