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Group want some election law petitions tossed

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PHOENIX (AP) - A group backing a sweeping new Republican-backed election law wants the Secretary of State's office to invalidate some petitions demanding a voter referendum.

Wednesday's letter from lawyers for a group calling itself Stop Voter Fraud demanded the Secretary of State throw out signatures on petitions collected by four circulators because they're allegedly felons.

Spokesman Matt Roberts says the Secretary of State can't toss the petitions. More than 139,000 valid signatures have been certified and counties have nearly three weeks to check samples against voter records.

Less than 85,000 valid signatures are needed to block the new election law and put it on the November 2014 ballot.

Protect Your Right to Vote spokesman Robbie Sherwood says two circulators didn't even collect signatures and they'll defend the others from challenges.

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