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Arizona Rep. Neal Carter speaks beside state Sen. Kelly Townsend at an Aug. 3 news conference about Pinal County’s election problems. Townsend, who lost her primary race, is suing the county.

Across the country, elections are underfunded, understaffed, and under intense scrutiny - leading to turnover of experienced workers - and Pinal County's election debacle shows what voters across the country may face if the public doesn’t invest in elections. Read more»

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer in his Phoenix office the morning of the primary election Tuesday.

Republican Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer took office in January 2021 and immediately took heat for the 2020 election, which he didn’t run - Tuesday’s primary was the first major test of Richer’s work as a recorder, and the election went smoothly. Read more»

Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer holds both a misprinted ballot and a supplementary ballot containing the municipal races missing from the original. After the county realized the error that affected 60,000 ballots, it produced the second ballot and instructed voters to use both. Volkmer and other county officials explained the ballot error at a press conference in Florence on July 18.

In Arizona and around the country, it's a time of upheaval in elections as prominent officials stepped down after disputes over the 2020 election, and staffing problems in Pinal County - coupled with printing issues - could be a sign of what’s to come. Read more»

Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by Cyber Ninjas contractors.

Arizona AG Mark Brnovich knocked down claims of dead voters casting ballots in the 2020 election, one of many unsubstantiated allegations made by contractors during the Arizona Senate’s review of the 2020 presidential election, and by other groups. Read more»

Two completed test ballots for the state’s logic and accuracy tests, including one, at right, for federal-only voters.

Logic and accuracy tests - required by state law and must be successfully completed before any Arizona voter can cast their ballot and before counties can count any votes - serve to confirm that all voting machines work properly and meet state requirements. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey gives the State of the State address on Jan. 14, 2022.

One of the most significant election bills this legislative session signed into law by Arizona Gov. Ducey is provoking an outcry from voting advocates who say it could disenfranchise naturalized citizens and other voters by canceling their registrations. Read more»

Some changes did get approved by the legislature and signed into law this year and last. The new laws passed this year, though, won’t go into effect until September at the earliest, which means the general election may have some slightly different rules than the primary.

Whether voters fill out their ballots at home or head to the polls for the primary election in Arizona this summer, they’ll see some minor changes from 2020, but most new laws you may have heard about won’t affect this primary. Read more»

A ballot drop box in October 2020.

Two small election-related measures made it into a budget proposal Arizona lawmakers approved early Thursday morning on a bipartisan vote - with that hurdle cleared, the Legislature could approve more election bills in the coming days. Read more»

The sign at the gate to Caracol Morelia depicts the Zapatista lifestyle – production and agriculture, health and education. Visitors to the caracoles, the independent Zapatista communities, need to be approved by the Council of Good Governance before entry. (Cronkite News Service photo by Connor Radnovich)

Two decades after the Zapatista uprising, the movement continues almost almost unnoticed in Chiapas. It endures quietly, operating small autonomous governments and schools here, and thriving as an iconic symbol for left-leaning activists throughout the world. Read more»

Lucy Hosmer, a certified nurse midwife with Maricopa Integrated Health System, said she moved into a hospital setting because of the support it offered.

With more and more Arizona women giving birth under the care of midwives, new state rules will allow midwives to handle breech births and births after women have had cesarean sections. But some doctors say those changes carry serious risks. Read more»

A patient receives a dry needling treatment.

A new law clears the way for dry needling, the use of thin needles to stimulate muscles, to be regulated as part of accepted physical therapy practice. The battle over the legislation pitted physical therapists against acupuncturists who said more training is needed to use needles. Read more»

A chart displayed at a briefing Wednesday shows fire potential around Arizona for 2014.

Gov. Brewer and other state officials say Arizona's wildfire season is off to an earlier start this year because of dry conditions, but they way the state is prepared for the fight. Arizona has already had 179 fires this year, including 24 just in the past week. Read more»

Arizona ranks poorly in educational and economic outcomes for kids, especially Latino and American Indian children, according to a national report. Read more»

Choosing insurance options under the Affordable Care Act based on lowest premiums could wind up costing consumers more in the end through out-of-pocket costs and not being able to see their preferred doctors, advocates and providers say. Read more»

Oak barrels hold whiskey at Arizona Distilling Co. in Tempe.

Arizona Distilling Co. adds a little bit of Arizona to its products. Copper City Bourbon honors a Prohibition-era brewing company in Douglas. Desert Dry Gin incorporates a different set of Five Cs in its flavor profile: coriander, cumin, cinnamon, citrus and cardamom. Read more»

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