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Republican state lawmakers may make a second try Thursday at repealing an election law they approved last year.

Democrats say the move is designed to keep voters from deciding the issue.

Legislation passed last year to reform several aspects of state election law, including purging early-voter roles and limiting who can collect and turn in early ballots.

Republicans favored the legislation saying it was needed to guard against voter fraud. Democrats said it was designed to limit voting by minorities.

To outsiders, Republicans trying to repeal a law they passed a year ago may seem strange, and adding to the confusion is that those who oppose the new law want it intact. That is so voters can decide in November in a referendum aimed at repeal.

"We don’t trust the legislature to repeal it and leave well enough alone," said Robbie Sherwood, with Progress Now Arizona, which bills itself as promoting progressive ideas and causes. "Several lawmakers have been on record saying they want to repeal it just so they can take elements of the bill and then pass the as individual bills in order to circumvent the referendum.

Sherwood said his group would rather take the issue to the voters in November than trust that its repeal will end the issue.

Republican Rep. Ethan Orr of Tucson said Tuesday that he had been leaning toward voting against repeal but received assurance that afterward, pieces of the bill will not be reintroduced and passed one at a time.

"As long as I get those assurances that we are not going to try and pass the exact same thing that we repealed, you will see me support the bill" for repeal, Orr said.