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The U.S. Department of Justice informs jurisdictions when they qualify for the ballot language requirement and provides guidance in fulfilling it - but the agency does not ensure that local officials are following the rules.

With primary elections well underway across the country, voting rights and immigrant advocates are raising the alarm about a lack of language assistance for voters who aren’t fluent in English. Read more»

Arizona lawmakers are considering close to 100 election-related bills in this legislative session, including many that Democrats charge would attack the right to vote. But in a state where Republicans hold the governor’s office and majorities in both the House and Senate, stopping those bills is an uphill fight.

Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán concedes that Democrats don’t have the numbers on their own to rebuff Republican election reform bills so she turned Thursday to an unlikely source for help: Republicans. Read more»

In the three counties that overlap the Navajo and Hopi Nations — Apache, Coconino and Navajo — voter turnout rose 7 to 10 percentage points from 2016 to 2020.

Native American voters helped secure President Joe Biden’s narrow win in 2020, but Republican-backed proposals at the state legislature to restrict voting access could make the challenges tribal voters overcame last year even more daunting in 2022. Read more»

33 state legislatures have proposals that would make it harder for voters to cast their ballot. States like Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania — all battleground states with Republican legislatures that former President Donald Trump narrowly lost in November — are awash with restrictive voting measures.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, Arizona leads the nation in “proposed voter suppression legislation in 2021.” Arizona community organizations and voting rights groups have identified approximately 40 bills introduced by Republican lawmakers that would make it harder for voters to cast their ballot. Read more»

House Bill 2722, sponsored by Rep. Shawnna Bolick, R-Phoenix, would restrict emergency voting and allow voters to photograph and videotape election workers at polling places in Arizona.

The measure would only allow emergency voting in times of war, civil unrest or a natural disaster and would allow voters to videotape and photograph election workers inside polling places. Some Republicans in recent years have claimed that emergency voting centers are not used for real emergencies, but as opportunities for liberal groups to increase voter turnout. Read more»

A divided federal appeals court rejected Democratic challenges to two Arizona voting laws Wednesday, upholding a lower court that said the rules put a minimal burden on voters and there was no evidence they were aimed at minority voters. Read more»