An Arizona House committee has voted to repeal a sweeping 2013 election law that galvanized voter's rights groups, Democrats and third-party candidates.

House Bill 2196 from was approved on a 4-2 party-line vote Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee. Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth said his bill repealing last year's law is necessary to avoid an expensive election.

Groups opposing the law collected enough signatures to put it on hold and refer it to voters in November. Republicans are worried a voter rejection would prevent them from enacting new election law changes.

Referendum supporters call the repeal push a thinly disguised effort to avoid the election and allow Republicans to re-enact its provisions piecemeal.

Farnsworth said he isn't pushing for re-enacting the provisions but believes some parts need to be addressed.