Elections

COMMENTARY

Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

BY: - September 14, 2020

Should people be worried? Yes, we should be worried. Four years ago, Russia managed to penetrate systems in several states but there’s no evidence that they “pulled the trigger” to take advantage of their penetration.

Voting by mail in Arizona: How it works, and how it doesn’t

BY: - September 14, 2020

Voting by mail has become a hot button issue this election cycle and millions of Americans, including in Arizona, are planning to vote by mail this November — some for the first time ever, as the coronavirus pandemic remains widespread. 

COMMENTARY

Russell Pearce wants to shame me for ‘destroying America,’ but he failed

BY: - September 11, 2020

I had the recent honor of being among those called “architects of the destruction of America” by former state Sen. Russell Pearce.

Supreme Court bars Fontes from sending mistake instructions to voters

BY: - September 10, 2020

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes can’t instruct voters to cross out mistakes on their ballots and fill in the bubble for a different candidate instead, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

How much reform do voters want from the next Maricopa County attorney?

BY: - September 10, 2020

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has moved away from the hardline, tough-on-crime attitude it had for nearly a decade under Bill Montgomery’s tenure — the question for voters in November will be exactly how much of a departure they want to make.

COMMENTARY

Arizona’s unemployment benefits are pitiful. Will voters demand a change?

BY: - September 9, 2020

As an Arizonan, I’ve become accustomed to my state placing near the very bottom on important measures of a state’s long-term health and stability, such as education and childhood poverty levels. So it’s no surprise that our state is nearly dead last in terms of unemployment benefits.

Arizona Supreme Court rules Kanye West can’t be on ballot

BY: - September 8, 2020

The Arizona Supreme Court has barred Kanye West from the general election ballot, upholding a lower court ruling that he can’t run for president as an independent.

Maricopa County

Group appeals ruling allowing voter instruction to cross out ballot mistakes

BY: - September 8, 2020

A conservative legal advocacy organization is appealing a judge’s ruling that Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes can send instructions to 2.5 million voters instructing them to cross out a candidate’s name if they vote for the wrong person even though it likely violates state law.

Court: Constitutional change needed to allow e-signing of initiative petitions

BY: - September 4, 2020

Arizona voters are allowed to electronically sign petitions to get their favored candidates on the ballot, but the Arizona Supreme Court said Friday that the only way for voters to do the same for proposed ballot measures is to change the state constitution.

Donald Trump

Trump campaign going dark in Arizona, cancels planned TV blitz

BY: - September 4, 2020

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is going off Arizona airwaves after the Labor Day holiday, and may not resume television advertising in the Grand Canyon State until early voting begins in early October.

Court asked to bar Maricopa County instructions on mistaken votes

BY: - September 3, 2020

A conservative advocacy organization is asking a judge to bar Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes from instructing voters in the general election that they can cross out erroneous votes and pick someone else, a policy change that raised eyebrows when the instruction was included with early ballots in last month’s primary election.

Kanye West, a Republican, can’t run as an independent for president in Arizona

BY: - September 3, 2020

A judge Thursday blocked rapper Kanye West from appearing as an independent presidential candidate on Arizona ballots because he’s a registered Republican in Wyoming.