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Arizona Rep. Neal Carter speaks beside state Sen. Kelly Townsend at an Aug. 3 news conference about Pinal County’s election problems. Townsend, who lost her primary race, is suing the county.

Across the country, elections are underfunded, understaffed, and under intense scrutiny - leading to turnover of experienced workers - and Pinal County's election debacle shows what voters across the country may face if the public doesn’t invest in elections. Read more»

There is an official process for election observers at polling locations. Observers must be authorized by a political party. Only one can be at each polling site, and they cannot interact with voters.

At a nearly 4-hour “election security forum,” Lake Havasu Republican Sonny Borrelli and Oro Valley Republican Representative Mark Finchem both had the same message for the fired up audience in attendance: Watch the drop boxes. Read more»

A worker for Pima County receives ballots at a drive-thru for voters during the November 2020 election.

With the state's primary election just days away, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona appointed a dstrict election officer who will oversee complaints of voter rights violations and claims of election fraud, officials said Thursday. Read more»

Senate President Karen Fann speaks to a crowd of Republicans who believe the 2020 election was rife with fraud after the Senate released results of its “audit,” which found no evidence of fraud.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Mesa Republican Senator Kelly Townsend were subpoenaed by the FBI for an on-going investigation into President Donald Trump's alleged pressure campaign on state officials to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. 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»

Fueled by election conspiracy film '2000 Mules,' Arizona legislators on Tuesday heard about supposed 'ballot mules' who were paid by unidentified liberal groups to rig the 2020 election. In response, GOP state Sen. Kelly Townsend called for 'vigilantes' to spy on voters using ballot drop boxes in 2022.

An Arizona legislative hearing on the flawed election film “2000 Mules” led to Sen. Kelly Townsend calling on “vigilantes” to spy on people who deposit early ballots in ballot drop boxes and state GOP leaders calling journalists covering the hearing "terrorists." Read more»

Candidates for the Arizona Legislature will make their cases during a series of primary debates hosted by the Clean Elections Commission. The online events, organized by district, will run from June through early July. Read more»

A new report identified 875 state legislators nationwide who have joined at least one far-right Facebook group. The lawmakers, who are almost all Republicans, account for nearly 22% of all GOP legislators in America.

More than 1 in 5 Republican state lawmakers across the country have joined at least one far-right Facebook group, according to a new report, and in Arizona, 12 have done so — about 25% of the state’s GOP legislators. Read more»

Groyper started off as a meme, a fatter and more grotesque iteration of Pepe the Frog, the cartoon that became something of a mascot for the alt-right as it began to coalesce into a political movement.

At the very core of white nationalism and white supremacy lies ethnocentrism that advocates for a white nation through the exclusion of people of color. That objective is carried along on revolutionary, anti-government themes. Read more»

The proposed Republican constitutional amendment that would make it unconstitutional for Arizona public schools, colleges and universities to teach so-called “critical race theory” goes before the full Senate for vote, and if passed, it will go directly to the November ballot. Read more»

Bill Gates, vice chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, discusses the details of an agreement that ends between the county and the Arizona Senate over a Senate subpoena for routers and digital logs on Sept. 17, 2021.

Arizona GOP Sen. Kelly Townsend declared victory Monday, saying the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has complied with her recent subpoena - while the county said it was already complying with a request from the Attorney General’s Office, which sought the same information. Read more»

Cardboard boxes filled with hundreds of signed petitions from voters across the state were stacked near the Arizona Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. The day marked the deadline to submit signatures for measures seeking to block tax legislation passed this year. The Invest in Arizona coalition gathered more than the required signatures to stop two laws that are part of a historic tax cut plan that’s estimated to cost the state $1 billion in revenue.

Proposals that would have made it harder to get citizen initiatives on the Arizona ballot and harder for voters to enact them once they got there are unlikely to pass after missing key legislative deadlines. Read more»

An Arizona Republican senator subpoenaing the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for election-related records said she did so because she was tired of waiting for Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office to take action. Read more»

A person hold Stop the Steal sign at a rally at the Arizona Capitol on Jan. 26, 2022, in favor of House Bill 2596, which would make sweeping changes to how elections are conducted in Arizona. The biggest change would be to allow the legislature to overturn election results for any reason, but it also would require all ballots to be hand-counted within 24 hours of the polls closing and would end on-demand early voting, which is used by about 80% of Arizona voters.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is facing another legislative subpoena - issued by state Sen. Kelly Townsend - centering on records related to a dubious analysis conducted by someone who presented a series of debunked findings as part of last year’s so-called “audit” report. Read more»

Arizona schools could have their hands tied in the future by a legislative proposal that prohibits the state, any government entity, school district or charter school from requiring minors to wear face coverings without the express consent from their parents. Read more»

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