Future recall elections would be conducted with both a primary and general election under the terms of legislation approved Thursday by the House.
Under current law a successful petition drive results in a single election where all voters can go to the polls. Supporters of Senate President Russell Pearce, who was ousted in a 2011 recall, said that was unfair in his heavily Republican Mesa district because he was pitted against another Republican but Democrats and independents could vote.
Supporters of HB 2282, which now goes to the Senate, said this will have recalls mimic the dual system that now exists, where Republicans run against Republicans in the primary and Democrats run against Democrats and then the winners face off in the general election.
The measure was tweaked at the last minute to make it retroactive to the beginning of the year. That would benefit Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who is currently the target of a recall.