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Judge questions Arizona's holiday voter signup deadline

A federal judge sharply questioned Arizona's election director Friday about his decision to place the last day of voter registration on a holiday instead of extending the deadline by a day.

The question to Eric Spencer from U.S. District Judge Steven Logan came during a hearing on a lawsuit filed by the state Democratic Party over the Columbus Day deadline to register for the Nov. 8 general election.

The Democrats want Logan to order the state to place people who registered the next working day on the active voter rolls. They say it's needed because there was no mail service on Oct. 10 and state Motor Vehicle Division offices were closed.

"When you're dealing...