Law & Government
No lawsuit on early ballot verification, but big gains made
Three out of 15 wouldn’t normally be considered a high rate of success, but it counts for a lot when it’s three counties that make up nearly 78 percent of Arizona’s registered voters.
Federal civil rights observers coming to AZ for Election Day
The U.S. Department of Justice is deploying personnel from its Civil Rights Division to four Arizona counties tomorrow to “monitor for compliance with... federal voting rights laws.”
The security firm Tempe hired to patrol its parks has a checkered past
One thing that got lost in the discussion is G4S’s history of controversy and the growing trend of cities hiring private security firms to do what would normally be a job for the police.
Prop. 306 may not scrap disputed Clean Elections rules
The controversial Clean Elections rules that led Republican lawmakers to attempt to curb the agency’s authority through Proposition 306 may be here to stay, even if voters approve the measure.
Where McSally, Sinema stand on detention of migrant families
Critics call them baby jails. To U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence, they’re more like a summer camp.
Ducey put Reagan’s elections manual on hold after county recorders complained
Gov. Doug Ducey withheld his approval from the elections procedures manual that Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s Office drafted for the 2018 election after county recorders identified a number of flaws and asked him not to allow it to go into effect.
Maricopa County recorder says he’ll adopt new policy on early ballot signatures
County Recorder Adrian Fontes said his office’s top priority is to ensure that voters’ needs are met. And as long as his office has the ability to contact voters to find out whether they were the ones who signed their early ballot envelopes, he said it should do so.
Groups threaten lawsuit over early ballot rejections
A coalition of civil rights and voting rights groups want Arizona elections officials to give voters a chance to correct the record before their early ballots are rejected over mismatched signatures, and may sue if new policies aren’t put in place for next month’s election.
How is Arizona’s constitution amended?
Arizona’s Constitution has been amended over 150 times since Arizona moved from territory to statehood in 1912 but what exactly goes into creating an amendment?
Goldwater Institute hosting discussion on the virtues of anonymous money in politics
Tuesday evening at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, the Goldwater Institute will be discussing what some see as an attack on free speech: full campaign finance disclosure.
Kavanaugh appointment could encourage new abortion legislation in Arizona
With the 2019 legislative session just months away, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court could be the spark for Arizona to push the envelope on anti-abortion legislation.
Community groups want more Arizona gov’t oversight of migrant shelters
A coalition of Arizona groups seeking the release and reunification of migrant children and families are calling for state officials to implement stronger measures to address what they call a systemic pattern of physical and sexual abuse of children at Southwest Key facilities, which house migrant minors.