PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Republican-controlled Legislature has passed a pair of election-related bills, one of which could lead to more recounts in close races.

Along a party line vote, the House approved SB 1083, which cuts the the margin of votes that automatically trigger a recount from .1 percent to .05 percent.

Republican supporters of the bill said this will add more integrity to election results while Democratic opponents argued the measure is costly and will delay election results.

According to an analysis by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, taxpayers will shell out roughly $445,000 or more for every statewide recount.

A second election-related bill to pass, SB 1241, requires that voters receive a paper receipt at the polls when a ballot is cast. However, this does not apply for early or provisional ballots.

The bill still needs to to be approved by the Senate.


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