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House panel OKs bill requiring IDs for early ballot drop-offs at polling places

A measure passed by a state House of Representatives panel Wednesday would require people bringing early ballots to polling places to show ID.

House Bill 2241, which is one of many measures focused on voting, would also require individuals to sign an affidavit to acknowledge if they are dropping off a ballot for a family, or household member. 

Rep. Lorenzo Sierra says this will only create more hurdles for voters by making voting lines longer. 

"If we are doing this, boy, we are just making it so inconvenient for working people that want to drop off their ballot, that have done right by the electoral system and by our democracy," Sierra said. 

Others are concerned about further complicating the process where workers check in people at polling stations and that it’s already difficult to properly staff the facilities. 

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.