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County supervisors across the state faced immense political pressure not to certify their county’s election results — which is a ministerial duty in state law.

Despite months of preparation for the 2022 midterms, Maricopa County couldn’t pull off a perfectly smooth election and other Arizona counties made headlines for their election woes as well, but there are lessons that could enable officials to make Arizona elections stronger. Read more»

Pinal County workers process ballots at election headquarters during the November 2022 midterm election.

Pinal County’s outgoing elections director collected a $25,000 bonus for running a smooth election despite reporting final results with significant inaccuracies, including around 500 uncounted votes in the neck-and-neck attorney general race. Read more»

Secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem and attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh at a campaign event.

After hearing a hodgepodge of claims from three losing GOP candidates alleging inaccuracies in the midterm election, Arizona judges rejected many of the most far-reaching and unsubstantiated claims, but are allowing other claims to move forward. Read more»

Why some printers had problems and others didn’t is unclear.

As Maricopa County investigates what exactly caused machines to reject thousands of voters’ ballots on Election Day, an analysis of technical evidence found that local officials may have pushed the county’s ballot printers past their limits. Read more»

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs during a campaign event.

Arizona officials certified the state’s election results after a month of challenges to the certification process - but now it kicks off the five-day period in which lawsuits challenging the results can be filed in court and a long timeline for three statewide recounts. Read more»

A long line of people wait to get inside the Maricopa County supervisors boardroom Monday, prior to the meeting at which the supervisors certified the county’s November election, despite protests.

Across Arizona, from Maricopa south to Cochise and north to Mohave counties, the counties’ supervisors — mostly Republicans — have faced pressure for weeks to reject the election results - but in all but one county, the supervisors followed state law and voted to certify their election. Read more»

Supervisors in both Cochise and Mohave counties said their elections were well run, but delaying the certification is a way to prove to their constituency they did everything they could to stop statewide certification.

Amid a GOP campaign to pressure county supervisors across Arizona not to certify their elections, two counties have postponed their vote until the eleventh hour, raising questions about what happens if they fail to meet their deadline to finalize results. Read more»

The county uses a process, outlined in a guide given to lead poll workers, to check a voter out of the system if they want to leave a location after getting a ballot, but before voting.

After widespread printer problems in Maricopa County on Election Day, the ballots of 146 county voters - from voters who checked in at an initial vote center and received a ballot but left, potentially without casting that ballot - are in limbo, and potentially will not be counted. Read more»

Under state law, all Arizona counties must conduct a hand count audit of machine-tabulated results if the county’s political parties participate and provide workers.

Cochise County Republican Supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd are suing the county’s elections director, Lisa Marra, asking a judge to order her to give access to midterm election ballots so the county recorder can conduct an expanded hand count audit. Read more»

Maricopa County saw widespread problems tabulating ballots on Election Day, and while all voters were still able to cast ballots, answers are still emerging about what happened. Read more»

Maricopa County has made its signature verification process more rigorous, after getting concerns after 2020’s election that it was done too quickly.

Two main differences explain why Florida posted the majority of election results by the end of Election Night and Arizona didn't: Florida didn’t have an avalanche of mail ballots on Election Day and Florida counties has in-house scanners that process the ballot envelopes. Read more»

Roughly 17,000 Maricopa County voters on Tuesday were unable to watch machines tabulate their ballots on-site because of a widespread printing problem that caused the on-site machines to reject the ballots - but officials have reassured those voters that their ballots will be counted. Read more»

There are two machines at each of the 223 vote centers spread out across Maricopa County. If both machines are having problems, voters are offered other options.

The machines that tabulate ballots at Maricopa County vote centers had widespread problems during much of Election Day, with about 20% of locations affected. Shortly after 2p.m., Maricopa County election officials said they had found the cause and were resolving the issue. Read more»

In 2020, Cochise County’s hand-count audit tallied 1,686 ballots out of 60,963. That took two days.

A judge ruled that Cochise County cannot conduct a hand count of all ballots cast in the midterm election - saying that it is not legal in Arizona - blocking the latest effort by GOP leaders to hand-count ballots, a method experts say is slower and less accurate than machine counts. Read more»

A turquoise sign along southbound U.S. 89 near Tuba City proclaims the Navajo Nation’s resiliency. Besides opening a vote center, Navajo leaders have urged the county to add more options for how to vote, such as expanding the number of drop boxes, early voting, and Election Day sites.

Advocates want Apache County to create vote centers where anyone can vote to address the pattern of ballot rejections among Navajo Nation voters in Arizona, where the complexity of mapping out reservation addresses and the lack of voter education creates confusion. Read more»

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