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A special Arizona House Elections Committee hearing is set to examine problems that led to long lines at last week's presidential primary election.

The panel has asked Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell to testify Monday about the hours-long lines at polling places in the state's largest county.

Purcell cut the number of voting locations from 200 for 2012's presidential primary to 60 at last Tuesday's election. She has taken the blame for miscalculating voter interest.

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The Republican-controlled Arizona House has scheduled votes on three bills already passed by the Senate that target abortion or abortion providers.

Senate Bill 1324 bars doctors from prescribing a common abortion drug after seven weeks of pregnancy and requires it to be taken only in FDA-approved doses. Most abortions using RU-486 are now done at much lower doses. Courts blocked a similar 2012 law.

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Arizona officials are weighing in on the long wait times many Maricopa County voters experienced during the state's presidential primary.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton wants the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether county elections officials illegally put fewer presidential primary polling locations in poor or minority-heavy areas for Tuesday's voting.

Sites across the county were jammed and lines topped five hours at some spots.

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Voters today gathered outside the Maricopa County Recorder’s office, protesting long lines during the state’s presidential preference election yesterday. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, thousands of voters waited for hours to cast their ballots.


Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation cutting state shared revenue from municipalities and counties that pass regulations like plastic bag bans that conflict with state law.

The Republican governor's action on Thursday came despite a plea for him to veto the bill from the organization representing all 91 Arizona cities and towns.

The letter the Arizona Cities and Towns sent to Ducey Thursday says Senate Bill 1487 minimizes the important role of local elected officials and calls it heavy-handed and intrusive.

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