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Lake and her legal team last week almost lost their chance to bring any expert witnesses to trial after her attorneys said they misunderstood directions from Judge Thompson.

The expert witness in Kari Lake’s imminent election challenge trial did work for the Arizona Senate’s debunked 2020 partisan election “audit” and was one of the speakers at the infamous Election Committee hearing that led to former Rep. Liz Harris being kicked out of the legislature. Read more»

Protestors in support of former President Donald Trump gather outside Veterans Memorial Coliseum where ballots from the 2020 general election wait to be counted on May 1, 2021. The Maricopa County ballot recount comes after two election audits found no evidence of widespread fraud in Arizona.

In response investigation findings, election experts and advocates say Arizona should consider new rules and guidelines for double-checking election results, and also recommend increasing state support for county officials tasked with running elections. Read more»

Brnovich’s office had been tight lipped about the work that had been conducting reviewing the findings of the Arizona Senate’s partisan 'audit,' as well as investigating other alleged claims of voter fraud.

While conspiracy theories continued to spread online about alleged voter fraud, former Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s Office had already concluded that those allegations were factually inaccurate — but he kept those conclusions hidden from the public. Read more»

Cochise County Elections Director Lisa Marra.

Lisa Marra, the Cochise County elections director who refused to cooperate with an illegal hand count plan, describes a threatening work environment, both physically and emotionally, and says she was publicly disparaged in her resignation letter to county. Read more»

Mark Finchem has built a national profile as a key proponent of misinformation about the 2020 elections.

The testimony of Oro Valley Republican Mark Finchem to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection sheds gives new insight into a man who has been instrumental in misinformation around Arizona’s electoral process.  Read more»

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake at a campaign event in Tucson.

Kari Lake’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2022 election and re-do voting will be swiftly thrown out because the claims it makes aren’t supported by any evidence and are overly generic, according to legal experts. Read more»

A protester holds a sign outside the Executive Tower in Phoenix on Dec. 14, 2020.

While Arizona voters rejected Kari Lake and other Republican candidates for statewide office who touted election conspiracy theories, they sent several others to the state Capitol. Read more»

We need to be patient while waiting in line to vote and we need to be patient while votes are being counted. 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»

Even the less-extensive plan could still be blocked. Under state law, all recognized political parties must show up and provide enough workers for the audit to proceed.

Cochise County will not hand-count all ballots cast in the midterm election, as its officials seriously considered as recently as Monday, but will instead increase the number of ballots to be hand-counted under the usual, state-prescribed audit. Read more»

A screenshot of an ad by the Arizona Democratic Party and Adrian Fontes that Mark Finchem is demanding TV stations stop airing.

Mark Finchem, the Republican nominee for Arizona secretary of state, sent a cease-and-desist letter this week to Arizona television stations demanding that they stop airing an ad from his opponent that accuses him of organizing the Jan. 6 riot. Read more»

Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman holds a claim about the 2020 General Election made by Senate contractors Cyber Ninjas during a Jan 5, 2022, hearing.

A 64-year-old Iowa man has been arrested for threatening to lynch Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman and an employee of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for not investigating claims of fictitious voter fraud, continuing a trend of threats faced by election officials. Read more»

Pro-Trump protesters on a street corner near the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the Arizona Senate was conducting a review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County.

The Republican National Committee is suing Maricopa County over election transparency and election worker hiring practices, in what the Arizona county’s Republican recorder called “a political stunt.” Read more»

A volunteer observer (right, dressed in orange) watches as Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors hired by the Arizona senate at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz. on April 27, 2021.

Republicans aligned with Trump have directed ire at electronic voting machines, and legislation has been introduced in Arizona and at least five other states to ban the use of ballot tabulators - even though hand counting ballots is incredibly expensive, burdensome, and time-consuming. Read more»

A week before Election Day, the department had to fill 220 poll worker positions. County officials estimated that more than 500 temporary election workers quit at some point leading up to the election, and then their positions had to be filled.

Republicans are again criticizing elections officials in Maricopa County after learning that more Democrats than Republicans worked the polls in the August primary election - the most recent in a list of criticisms Republicans have hurled at the Maricopa County Elections Department. Read more»

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