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AZ House committee advances bill putting restrictions on secretary of state

An Arizona House committee has passed a measure that would require the secretary of state to recuse themselves from running certain portions of an election, if they are also on the ballot.  

Republican Rachel Jones is the bill’s sponsor. 

“I think the optics of that of a secretary of state running their own election for governor and then certifying that election was a major concern to some of my constituents, and that is why I put forth this bill," Jones said.

But voting advocates and Democrats don’t see the same concern. They say that no other state has any such requirement, and that this bill is a solution in search of a problem. 

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.