Elections

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GOP proposal would dramatically increase signature requirements for ballot measures

BY: - February 3, 2023

Lawmakers are seeking to place a measure on the 2024 ballot that critics say could further hamstring Arizonans’ efforts to pass their own laws.  Since it was ratified in 1912, Arizona’s Constitution has given citizens the right to put changes to state law and the constitution on the ballot, as long as they gather the […]

Republicans try again to force ‘impossible’ hand counts of elections and a return to precinct voting

BY: - February 2, 2023

Arizona Republicans have taken another step in their attempt to completely overhaul elections in the Grand Canyon State, with a proposed bill that would force hand counts in the state’s elections, a practice that elections experts say would be logistically impossible.  The measure to ban votes from being counted with electronic tabulators — equipment used […]

Critics: Republican election proposals confusing, contradictory, unnecessary

BY: - January 31, 2023

A group of election reform bills that Republicans say would make elections more secure and speed up results would actually make voting more difficult and time consuming, and are solutions to nonexistent problems, critics said Monday.  One of the bills would be impossible to implement in some Arizona counties, while others seem fated for a […]

Kari Lake wants an appellate court to consider new evidence, something they don’t do

BY: - January 26, 2023

While most of the world has moved past last year’s general election, with the state legislature and Gov. Katie Hobbs already working on bills and budgets, failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is still stuck in November 2022.  The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down Lake’s second request for the high court to take up […]

Cochise County’s elections director resigns after protecting midterm ballots from Republican officials

BY: - January 26, 2023

During last fall’s fights in Cochise County over hand-counting ballots and rejecting the election results, county residents say they were glad there was one person standing up to defend elections. Elections Director Lisa Marra repeatedly explained — to the supervisors, to reporters, and, finally, to a judge — that she would not break the law […]

Republican election bills based on conspiracy theories, political grudges, advance

BY: - January 26, 2023

Fueled by election conspiracy theories and axes to grind against political opponents, Republican legislators gave initial approval to a slate of bills on Wednesday that served as veiled rebukes against the 2022 midterm elections and the officials who oversaw them.  Democrats and Republicans clashed over the insinuation that Gov. Katie Hobbs, who served as Secretary […]

‘Negligent in every way’: AZGOP spent $530K on a bus tour and party

BY: - January 25, 2023

Hundreds of red, white and blue balloons were suspended over the massive ballroom inside the swanky Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in the early morning hours of Nov. 9.  But rather than fall onto a joyous crowd of Republicans cheering on their candidates in the midst of a “red tsunami” sweeping GOP candidates to victory […]

Election denial is lucrative: Kari Lake raised $2.5 million after Election Day

BY: - January 24, 2023

The day that Katie Hobbs was declared the winner of the governor’s race, cash poured into Kari Lake’s campaign, as people from across the country heeded her call to fight back against an election system she said was “BS.” More than 8,000 people contributed $338,388 to Lake’s failed campaign on Nov. 14. Less than a […]

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Ruben Gallego seizes the high ground in the Arizona Senate race, while Kyrsten Sinema is sinking fast

BY: - January 24, 2023

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego is a Marine Corps combat veteran and it shows, as he guns the engine on his U.S. Senate campaign. He is reading the terrain well, surrounding himself with good commanders and has just seized the high ground. Gallego entered the race for the U.S. Senate race in Arizona and immediately outmaneuvered independent […]

Abe Hamadeh has no new evidence and shouldn’t get a new trial, Kris Mayes says

BY: - January 20, 2023

Abe Hamadeh’s third attempt to challenge the election he lost should be thrown out of court for ignoring state law and failing — yet again — to provide any proof of his claims, attorneys for his Democratic opponent, Kris Mayes, said.  Two weeks ago, Hamadeh, the Republican nominee for attorney general, asked a judge to […]

How six controversies from 2022 can help Arizona fix its elections now

BY: - January 11, 2023

Every seat in the small lobby of the election headquarters was filled. With video cameras rolling and reporters kneeling on the floor, Maricopa County Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates apologized. “We will learn from it and do better,” Gates said, suited up behind a makeshift podium on Nov. 9, the windows behind him offering a glimpse […]

Pinal County’s election director got a $25,000 bonus after reporting inaccurate results

BY: - January 5, 2023

Pinal County’s outgoing elections director collected a $25,000 bonus for running a smooth election despite reporting final results with significant inaccuracies, including around 500 uncounted votes in the neck-and-neck attorney general race. Virginia Ross, the former county recorder brought in to oversee the election on a short-term contract, either did not catch the mistakes or […]