Arizona legislators passed a bipartisan bill Thursday that would change the date of the state’s primary to allow more time for votes to be counted in an effort to avoid electoral complications ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
Arizona enacted a law in 2022 that raised the threshold for an automatic recount from 0.1% to 0.5%. Last year, election officials told the Washington Post that the automatic recount rules could leave them scrambling to recount votes if the election was close, possibly causing the state to miss deadlines in order to have their votes counted in time.
The new alteration would change the state’s Aug. 6 primary date to July 30 and allow service members and those voting overseas enough time to receive their ballots. The bill would also allow counties an additional 19