Democrats feel pressure to ‘save the republic’ in campaigns to run state election systems

Arizona is one of five states where an election denier is running to be the chief election official

By: - September 12, 2022 7:40 am

Votes are counted by staff at the Maricopa County Elections Department office on Nov. 5, 2020, in Phoenix. Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for Arizona secretary of state, has said he would move away from electronic counting of votes and end early voting. Photo by Courtney Pedroza | Getty Images

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Kira Lerner
Kira Lerner

Kira is the democracy reporter for States Newsroom where she covers voting, elections, redistricting, and efforts to subvert democracy. Before joining States Newsroom, Kira was managing editor of Votebeat, a pop-up newsroom launched to cover election administration and voting before and after the 2020 election. She has also covered voting rights, criminal justice, and civil rights issues for outlets including The Appeal and ThinkProgress. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, Slate, and Talking Points Memo, among other outlets. Kira has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.

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