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Since just one-third of U.S. Senate seats were up for reelection this year, 36 Democrats and 29 Republicans didn’t face voters Tuesday. And many of the senators up for reelection were in safe states, leaving voters in just a handful of races to determine control of the chamber.

Control of the U.S. Senate remained unclear early Wednesday as races in a handful of swing states in the midterm elections were still too close to call, and it appeared it might be days — or even weeks — before a final result was known. Read more»

Arizona has not had a Democrat as governor since 2009, when Janet Napolitano left to join the Obama administration as secretary of homeland security.

Vying to become Arizona’s first Democratic governor since 2009, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs moved ahead of former television anchor and Trump ally Kari Lake in early returns Tuesday night. Read more»

Arizona law prohibits the release of early voting results until all precincts have reported their results or one hour after polls close on Election Day and the state has measures in place to ensure the security of early ballots and the tabulation process.

A viral video advises Arizona Republicans not to vote early, making the baseless claim that it could show Democrats how many votes they need “to fake” to win - though early voting results cannot be released until after the election and security measures prevent widespread fraud. Read more»

In Arizona, more than 313,000 voters had already cast early ballots through Oct. 24, representing about 7.6% of all registered voters.

Roughly 9.4 million Americans have already voted in the midterm elections - within states releasing the data, 2.6 million people have voted in person while 6.8 million have returned mail-in ballots - and another 41.6 million voters have requested mail-in ballots. Read more»

Mark Finchem is a member of the America First Secretary of State Coalition, a group that lists eliminating mail-in ballots as one of its goals.

In a recent debate, Democrat Adrian Fontes said Republican Mark Finchem wants to make it harder for many Arizonans to cast their ballots - and though Finchem rejected the charge, changes he has backed would have altered the voting options for millions of Arizonans. Read more»

A ballot drop box in October 2020. A pilot program in Orange County, California included some drop boxes that had a scanner attached to give voters the option to scan a QR code before depositing their ballot, as a way to track their ballot.

Democrats were more likely than Republicans to use a mail ballot in the 2022 state primary - but despite all the rhetoric, plenty of Republicans across Arizona still used both mail ballots and drop boxes. Read more»

Boxes containing thousands of paper voter registration forms on the doorstep of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project in San Antonio, Texas, in 2022. SVREP president Lydia Camarillo said a shortage led to a delay in receiving over 20,000 forms. The boxes arrived after the organization contacted a state senator.

Elections have become more paper-based in recent years, driven by the surge in mail voting and concerns about security - but shortages have raised alarms that local election offices won’t have the time, flexibility or money to respond to late changes this fall. Read more»

Over the past year, Republicans have made some progress restricting mail voting, including beginning to chip away at the early voting list.

Republicans made Arizona an early vote-by-mail innovator in 1991, then doubled down in 2007 by setting up a permanent voting list - but now, some Republicans in the state are doggedly attempting to dismantle the system their party helped create. Read more»

The Arizona Republican Party’s efforts to prove that voting by mail is unconstitutional failed in a Mohave County court, but the decision is expected to be appealed. Read more»

A 1,300% increase in the number of absentee ballots that get rejected under a new voter ID law in Texas could provide a cautionary example for Arizonans in November when they decide whether to enact similar requirements for early voting. Read more»

There’s been a good deal of crying foul about what are being called anti-democratic new state laws that make it harder to vote - but But it turns out such laws might have little impact on voter turnout and vote margins in an election. Read more»

The legislature in 1991 passed a landmark law permitting any Arizonan to vote early, and in 2007, the state implemented its Permanent Early Voting List.

The Arizona Republican Party is relying on “stray” language in the Arizona Constitution in what attorneys describe as a longshot challenge to overturn the state’s 31-year-old early voting law. Read more»

While visitors at the Capitol 'circus' on Monday enjoyed popcorn and cotton candy and played games to bring awareness to voting rights legislation, lawmakers continued to pass measures that restrict voter access and advance election conspiracy theories.

The grass lawns in front of the Arizona Capitol were filled with brightly painted circus-style games - all of them satirical references to recent legislation restricting voting rights - and event organized by Progress Arizona to highlight "ridiculous bills that are based on lies." Read more»

Pro-Trump protesters at TCF Center in Detroit.

Driven by false claims that the 2020 election was plagued by fraud that changed the outcome in statewide races — but not their own victories — Republican legislators gave initial approval to a host of proposals that critics say will make it harder for Arizonans to vote. Read more»

Nail-biter elections that last two weeks after the polls close could be a thing of the past under a proposed measure that could be on the November ballot — with the trade-off that Arizonans will have fewer options for casting their votes. Read more» 1

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