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Coinciding with International Day of Democracy, roughly 386 media partners will publish stories drawing attention to the crisis facing U.S. democracy and sounding the alarm that democracy is on the cusp of collapse. Read more»

Staff at the Pima County Elections Department prepare ballots for counting on Oct. 17, 2020 after they were processed by the County Recorder’s Office for the Nov. 2020 election.

Election deniers are running for secretary of state in five critical states across the country, and the Democrats challenging them in November say their campaigns have taken on increased importance. Read more»

GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake duringt a campaign rally at The Maverick on July 12, 2022.

Republican candidates who claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump have been nominated for governor in four critical swing states, raising concerns that if elected they could try to sway election results in 2024 and beyond. Read more»

Since the 2020 election, elections officials across the country have faced an unprecedented number of violent threats.

With less than three months until the midterm election, election officials say a continuing onslaught of violent threats makes them worried about safety, but federal efforts to provide financial support to state and local election officials appear to have fallen short. Read more»

Republicans repeatedly questioned why the Justice Department isn’t investigating threats that have nothing to do with election officials.

During a hearing on protecting election officials, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee explored how to combat violent threats against election officials - while Republicans questioned threats against crisis pregnancy centers and Supreme Court justices. Read more»

Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors hired by the Arizona Senate in an 'audit' at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on May 24, 2021.

12 states have enacted 35 new criminal penalties targeting election officials since 2020, and of the 35 new penalties, 31 were enacted in Republican-controlled states - part of a larger effort to criminalize people involved in the election process. Read more»

The new laws not only criminalize actions typically described by Republicans as voter fraud (like altering a ballot, electioneering, or voting more than once), but also criminalize the activities of people trying to assist voters or attempting to make an election run smoothly.

Across the country, states have passed new laws that give the green light to prosecutors to treat like criminals all kinds of people involved in the election process, whether they are voters, election officials or third parties that assist voters. Read more»

The Department of Justice on Tuesday sued Arizona over a law signed by the state’s Republican governor in March that requires people registering to vote prove their citizenship to participate in a presidential election or to vote by mail in any federal election. Read more»

A new report identified 875 state legislators nationwide who have joined at least one far-right Facebook group. The lawmakers, who are almost all Republicans, account for nearly 22% of all GOP legislators in America.

More than 1 in 5 Republican state lawmakers across the country have joined at least one far-right Facebook group, according to a new report, and in Arizona, 12 have done so — about 25% of the state’s GOP legislators. Read more»

Across the country, election officials this legislative season made their voices heard through appeals to lawmakers, urging them not to enact voting laws that they saw as unfeasible or unnecessary, or that would ultimately make their jobs more difficult. Read more»

A GOP-sponsored bill signed into law Wednesday in Arizona by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey requires documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote, a mandate that the U.S. Supreme Court has said is unconstitutional. Read more»

The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last week includes $75 million in Help America Vote Act grants — a major reduction compared to years past, and experts say the amount is insufficient to fund local elections and leaves local election offices without resources. Read more»

An election ballot drop box is shown outside Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in downtown Phoenix on Sept. 25, 2020.

Ballot drop boxes are so secure they’ve survived getting hit by an SUV and rolled by a school bus — yet much of the battle over voting rights in Arizona and around the country has centered on the big metal boxes. Read more»

Pro-Trump protesters at TCF Center in Detroit.

Following the turmoil of the 2020 election, election officials across the country have faced threats and harassment, but attempts to include them as a protected category under harassment statutes - raising charges from a misdemeanor to a felony - have has run into opposition. Read more»

Early in 2021, Arizona led the nation in proposed legislation that would make it harder for people to vote. Before the session started, Arizona Republicans pre-filed nearly a dozen measures to reform elections.

As federal legislation that would limit state-level voting restrictions appears stymied in Washington, Republican state lawmakers across the country are ramping up their drive to enact voting and election-related laws in time for crucial 2022 midterm elections. Read more»

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