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Senate committee passes bill requiring ballot drop boxes to be monitored

The Arizona Senate Government Elections Committee passed a bill Monday that would require voting drop boxes to be monitored. Ballots cast at drop boxes that are not watched could not be counted by county recorders. 

In the absence of a person to monitor the box, the bill would require 24-hour video surveillance.

Bill sponsor Rep. Jake Hoffman (R-Queen Creek) argues the measure will increase election security, but Sen. Martin Quezada (D-Phoenix) doesn’t see it that way.

“This doesn’t bring more security, doesn’t bring more reliability. What it does do, is it subjects some voters to an obstacle course and it says only if you can get past that obstacle course can your vote be counted," Quezada said. 

The measure has already passed the House and now goes to the Senate Rules Committee.

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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.