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Az Supreme Court explains decision to keep Prop. 204 on ballot

Weeks after voters rejected Proposition 204, the Arizona Supreme Court issued an opinion Wednesday affirming its decision that allowed the measure to stay on the November ballot despite objections from Secretary of State Ken Bennett.... Read more»0

Latinos: GOP immigration efforts not enough to court voting bloc

A new Republican plan dubbed the Achieve Act, offered by Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, would offer certain illegal immigrants legal status without granting citizenship. But several Latino groups see the new plan as a ploy to gain Latino votes. ... Read more»0

Supporters pushing TUSD's ethnic studies revival

Supporters of the TUSD's Mexican American Studies curriculum banned by a 2010 state law see potential for reviving the program or something similar in an update to a desegregation plan set for review by a federal court. ... Read more»2

Uncounted provisional and early ballots leave groups frustrated

People who said they registered for an early ballot but never received one. People confused about the identification needed to vote. People told they weren’t on a precinct’s voting list.... Read more»3

Despite advocates’ concerns, no reports of problems with Arizona poll watchers

Democrats and left-leaning voter-rights groups had raised concerns that poll watchers mobilized by conservative groups would lead to voter intimidation and vote-suppression, however there have been no reports of problems with poll watchers.... Read more»0

Officials: Early ballot system safeguards effective against fraud

With over 60 percent of Arizona voters expected to cast early ballots this year, state and county election officials say the public should be confident that the verification process is effective at preventing fraud.... Read more»5

Libertarian, Green parties: Prop 121 would put us out of business

It’s already an uphill battle for Libertarian and Green party candidates in Arizona, but no matter what they have a place on the ballot. However, leaders of both parties say Proposition 121 threatens to butt them out of elections for good.... Read more»4

Advocacy groups looking to early ballots to boost Latino votes

Groups out to boost voting by Latinos in Arizona are combining classic get-out-the-vote tactics with a push for casting early ballots.... Read more»0

Proposition 121

Political parties united in dislike of Top-2 primary initiative

They don’t agree on much, but a plan to create “top two” primaries has Arizona’s major and minor political parties on the same page – or at least close to it. Their responses range from outright opposition from Republican, Libertarian and Green leaders to noncommittal dislike from Democrats.... Read more»0

Demand for GEDs surges due to illegal-immigrant deferrals

There are no citizenship requirements for K-12 schools in Arizona. For illegal immigrants who have dropped out or are too old to return to high school, however, going for a GED may be the only option if they want to qualify for deferred action.... Read more»0

Az delegates looking to boost Latino vote

Arizona's delegation to the Democratic National Convention is organizing for stronger Latino voter participation. Members hope to attract more young people and capitalize on the promise of a platform that includes support for the DREAM Act. ... Read more»2

Undocu-bus riders fault Obama on illegal immigration

After traveling from Arizona, the Undocu-bus and the dozens of illegal immigrants it carried is in Charlotte, N.C., for demonstrations calling for President Obama to do more to help those in the country illegally. Seven of those demonstrators are from Arizona. ... Read more»4

U.S. Justice Dep't will monitor Arizona primary

U.S. Justice Department monitors will be in Maricopa County to observe Tuesday’s primary election to ensure that the state complies with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which makes sure changes to election laws don’t have racist or discriminatory effects.... Read more»1

Strict voter ID laws solve 'a problem that does not exist'

An analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent. (with video)... Read more»0