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Maricopa County officials say that about 20,000 registered voters would be removed from the permanent early voting list under proposed legislation aimed at reducing the number of provisional ballots. Read more»

Spanish-speaking immigrants working their way through the federal immigration system often seek legal services from notarios, people who pose as attorneys while charging much less than lawyers. Read more»

Isabell Marquez, a custodian at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, said the company she works for doesn’t offer paid sick days and requires a doctor’s note if an employee calls off sick.

A state lawmaker wants to bar Arizona cities and towns from requiring private employers to provide benefits like sick days and meal breaks. HB 2280, authored by Rep. Tom Forese, R-Chandler, would keep the power to regulate benefits at the state level. Read more» 1

Republican lawmakers’ attempts to address the myriad problems that came up during last fall’s election are being met with skepticism from Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups. Read more»

The Parrot flying AR Drone can be flown using an iPhone or iPad.

As drones become smaller and less expensive, law enforcement agencies are looking at them as a way to operate more efficiently and with greater safety. That has some lawmakers saying Arizona needs to protect people's privacy. Read more»

Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, says the future of voting is online and that moving Arizona's elections to the Internet would save money, deter voter fraud and increase efficiency. He has introduced a bill that would establish a pilot program in at least one county and one city or town. Read more»

Most states had better overall election administration procedures than Arizona in 2008 and 2010, according to a study released this week by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Read more» 1

Martin J. Quezada, D-Avondale, said allowing people to register and vote the same day would increase participation in Arizona elections.

Democratic lawmakers say allowing voters to register and cast ballots on the same day would increase election participation, but some county officials worry that it would further complicate the voting process. Read more»

Rep. Martin J. Quezada wants to create an independent, nonpartisan commission that would investigate alleged violations of election laws as well as ethics complaints lodged against elected state officials.

Rep. Martin J. Quezada, D-Phoenix, says the Arizona Ethics and Elections Commission called for in HB 2140 would increase accountability for candidates and lawmakers. The body would have the power to audit candidates' accounts and impose civil penalties. Read more»

Streamlining the state’s permitting processes and waiving fees for licensed military medical staff receiving hand-on training at Arizona hospitals would lead to better care for soldiers around the world, a state lawmaker said last week. Read more»

Sen. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale, chairwoman of a new Senate Elections Committee, said she wants to give counties flexibility to better manage early voter lists.

The large number of provisional ballots cast in November has two lawmakers so far proposing ways to address the issue. Read more» 2

A Maricopa County analysis found that provisional ballots cast in the general election had more do with the number of people on a precinct's permanent early voting list than any other factor, officials say. Read more»

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

A Cronkite News Service analysis of national and state data found that Arizona voters living in precincts with higher percentages of minorities had a greater chance of casting provisional ballots in the Nov. 6 election. Read more» 1

See an interactive map of states or counties covered under the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to review a law that requires federal approval of any changes to Arizona’s election laws and procedures, Attorney General Tom Horne said Tuesday the measure has outlived its usefulness. Read more» 4

Democrats and voter-rights advocates say their concerns about the Arizona group Verify the Vote stem from its connection with a Houston-based, tea party-supported group that pledged to train 1 million people to watch for fraud at polling places.

Leaders of Verify the Vote, an Arizona offshoot of a national, Tea Party-backed effort, say their training for poll watchers is about preventing fraud. But critics say it's really a thinly veiled effort to intimidate minorities and other groups likely to vote for Democrats. Read more» 2

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