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State Rep. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson, the House Minority Whip, shown here in Charlotte, N.C. at the Democratic National Convention in September, said a new GOP immigration reform bill is a strategy to appeal to Latino voters and isn't a serious attempt at comprehensive immigration reform.

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»

Lorenzo Lopez, a history teacher at Cholla High School in Tucson and a former Mexican American Studies teacher, said the new desegregation plan in Tucson Unified School District has the potential to restore the Mexican American Studies program.

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

rotesters outside the Maricopa County Recorder’s early tabulation center Wednesday said they’re angry because of the amount of uncounted ballots. Faith Mendoza (middle) held a sign that read “MY RIGHTS ARE NOT PROVISIONAL.”

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

Barry Buhan, a poll watcher registered with the Republican Party, stands outside a polling place at a west Phoenix school. 'I'm just here to make sure everything runs smoothly,' he said.

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»

A sign outside Maricopa County Recorder’s Office tabulation center.

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

Warren Severin, chairman of Arizona’s Libertarian Party, says Proposition 121′s plan to eliminate partisan primaries in favor of a single primary for all candidates would hurt third parties.

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

Ignacio Menchaca, a 66-year-old truck driver, who registered to vote on Tuesday said he’ll cast an early ballot because it’s less of a hassle than going to the polls.

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»

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a Republican, is a leader of Save Our Vote AZ, the main group opposing Proposition 121.

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»

Jamie Jimenez, a 19-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico, attends an open house for a GED-preparation program offered by Friendly House, a nonprofit serving the Latino community. President Barack Obama’s two-year deferral program offering work permits for young illegal immigrants meeting certain criteria has increased demand for GED programs available to non-citizens.

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»

State Rep. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson, the House Minority Whip, outside of a meeting of the Hispanic Caucus at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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

Fernando Lopez of Phoenix rode the Undocu-bus from Phoenix to Charlotte, N.C., to protest what he called an inadequate response by President Obama toward people like him who are in the U.S. illegally. He said he faces deportation after being stopped by police for a broken headlight.

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

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, shown in her office on Monday, said the U.S. Justice Department’s announcement that it will monitor primary results was expected, in part, because of Arizona’s voter-identification law.

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

An Alabama resident fills out a voter registration form outside a deli in Pratt City, Ala. The deli is owned by Marie Thomas, and operated by her daughters Debbie and Danita Agee, who organized the registration drive.

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»