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At least six of Arizona’s 15 counties have seen election directors leave recently, and the high turnover has been attributed directly to the attacks and harassment the directors have faced because of election misinformation.

Cochise County is close to hiring an elections director who has repeatedly shared false claims about widespread election fraud on Facebook, including claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against former President Donald Trump. Read more»

Attorney General Kris Mayes in January 2023.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes is suing Cochise County for giving its recorder near-full control over the county’s elections, arguing county supervisors weren’t clear enough that they still have the final say over certain decisions. Read more»

Mayes alleges in her suit that the board of supervisors gave away the authority that is delegated to them in Arizona law to the recorder, David Stevens, in an unconstitutional and unlawful manner.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes has filed a lawsuit against Cochise County, the members of its board of supervisors and its county recorder over a plan approved last month that gives the recorder full authority over all election matters. Read more»

Recorder David Stevens speaks at a Cochise County Republican Club event in 2022. Also at Stevens’ table was friend and secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem.

Elections in Cochise County will now be run almost entirely by Recorder David Stevens, an election skeptic who has said he does not fully trust all of his county’s election procedures and believes the county can and should move to hand-counting ballots. Read more»

Recorder David Stevens speaks at a Cochise County Republican Club event in 2022. Also at Stevens’ table was friend and secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem.

Arizona GOP leaders spent two years promoting unfounded claims about compromised vote-counting machines, and they found it in Cochise County recorder David Stevens, who grasped onto the idea, devised a plan, and stoked the sentiment starting to take hold locally. 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»

Under state law, all Arizona counties must conduct a hand count audit of machine-tabulated results if the county’s political parties participate and provide workers.

Cochise County Republican Supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd are suing the county’s elections director, Lisa Marra, asking a judge to order her to give access to midterm election ballots so the county recorder can conduct an expanded hand count audit. Read more»

Arizona already has many checks and balances in place to ensure that votes are tabulated accurately. State law requires counties to conduct a post-election hand count of a portion of ballots if the political parties request it and supply enough workers.

Cochise County officials are considering hand-counting all ballots cast by the county’s 87,000 voters this election, a radical measure for a county of its size that election experts say is also problematic and unnecessary. Read more»

A ballot drop box in October 2020.

Two small election-related measures made it into a budget proposal Arizona lawmakers approved early Thursday morning on a bipartisan vote - with that hurdle cleared, the Legislature could approve more election bills in the coming days. Read more»

Hobbs on Arizona's inauguration day, January 7, 2019.

Most 2020 candidates are already past the deadline for collecting the signatures they need to run in the August primary election, but those who are seeking a handful of nonpartisan municipal offices that won’t be on the ballot until November will now be able to collect their signatures online. Read more»

A confluence of circumstances is making it extremely difficult for many candidates to collect the signatures they need in order to get their names on the ballot amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and those running for county, municipal and other local offices, there’s an additional obstacle in the way – the inability to collect signatures online. Read more»

Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, shown in a 2013 photo, wants to expand a state law calling for a $15 fine for those speeding less than 10 mph over the limit in 55 mph zones.

HB 2662, authored by Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, would expand a law that defines driving less than 10 mph over the limit as a waste of finite resources. On March 3, it cleared the House on a 40-20 vote, sending it to the Senate. Read more»

Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, shown in a 2013 photo, wants to bar police departments from establishing quotas for traffic tickets or basing promotions or assignments on the number of tickets an officer issues.

The legislation authored by Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, also would prevent police departments from basing promotions or assignments on the number of traffic tickets an officer writes. Supporters say quotas diminish public trust. Read more»

The Legislature didn’t take Monday off for Presidents Day and worked through Arizona’s post-birthday week as drama continued over the “firing” of two top Board of Education officials. Read more»

Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, shown in a file photo, wants to allow trained school employees to store a firearm on campus to protect against an attack such as the one that occurred in Newtown, Conn.

A state lawmaker says giving trained schoolteachers and staff access to firearms in storage lockers is a way to secure campuses when it isn't possible to provide resource officers. His bill to allow that has won committee approval and is awaiting action by the full House. Read more» 1

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