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A voter drops a ballot at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents have been reported.

A federal judge who last week denied an injunction in one of the cases against Arizona drop box monitoring groups has issued a temporary restraining order against the group - saying new evidence presented in a separate lawsuit was compelling enough to justify a restraining order. Read more»

Armed vigilantes wearing tactical gear were captured by security cameras on Oct. 21, 2022, outside Maricopa County’s drop box in Mesa.

Groups that help Arizona voters are concerned that, if efforts by conspiracy theorists and extremists continue at drop boxes, they’ll have to shift focus — and, for the first time ever, tell voters to not vote in certain ways. Read more»

A voter drops her ballot off last week at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents have been reported.

A federal judge could rule as early as Friday on a request to ban groups that have been monitoring Arizona ballot drop boxes, in response to voters who testified Wednesday to feeling intimidated as they cast their ballots. Read more»

Armed vigilantes wearing tactical gear were captured by security cameras on Oct. 21, 2022, outside Maricopa County’s drop box in Mesa.

A federal lawsuit is aiming to stop extremist groups from surveilling dropboxes in Maricopa and Yavapai and counties - joining an already existing legal challenge from Arizona activists - accusing the groups of violating the Voting Rights Act and the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. Read more»

Maricopa County officials have stepped up monitoring of ballot drop boxes after four more reports over the weekend of voters who felt intimidated by people watching and videotaping the sites.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said he plans to step up security at voting locations in the run-up to Election Day, following more reports of individuals – in some cases armed – filming and tailing voters at Arizona ballot drop boxes. Read more»

State Sen. Raquel Terán, D-Phoenix, speaks with Dora Vasquez, the Executive Director of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans at a roundtable with community members about the Inflation Reduction Act in downtown Phoenix on Aug. 29, 2022. Deanna Mireau, 72, (left) and Joanne Romero, 74, (right) are listening in the foreground.

Retirees in Arizona struggle to divide monthly social security payments of $1,667 between rent, food and healthcare bills. Provisions in the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act seek to ease some of that budget strain by introducing caps on rapidly rising Medicare costs. Read more»

Voting advocacy groups sued Arizona to block a new law that could criminalize volunteers or organizations who provide registration or voter assistance to individuals registered to vote outside the state. Read more»

State Sen. Lela Alston, D-Phoenix, seated, and Dora Vasquez, director of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans, right, join climate advocates at a news conference at Justa Center in downtown Phoenix to support President Joe Biden’s sweeping budget plan.

With much of Arizona enduring another string of excessive heat warnings, advocates joined state Sen. Lela Alston to urge U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly to support President Joe Biden’s efforts to “address increasingly frequent and extreme weather affecting Arizonans.” Read more»

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Social Security and Medicare will be there for those who need them now and for future generations as well, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva told a group of senior citizens Thursday. Read more» 2