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Newest Arizona GOP election proposal would allow lawmakers to reject election results

Lawmakers would have the power to reject election results under a sweeping piece of legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. John Fillmore that would make seismic changes to the way elections are conducted in Arizona. ... Read more»

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GOP senators block voting rights bill that would have protected voters of color

Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas joined GOP senators to block a federal voting rights bill that would have restored protections for voters of color and helped override some of Texas’s new elections restrictions and redistricted political maps.... Read more»

Election officials scramble to find poll workers

With no presidential or congressional races on the ballot this year, election officials are scrambling to find the workers they need so voters can weigh in on the still-important host of state, local and judicial races on ballots around the country — races that have direct impact on local communities. ... Read more»

Low-income voters cast nearly 40% of Arizona votes in 2020, study says

Low-income voters accounted for an estimated 35% of the 168 million votes cast nationwide in the 2020 presidential election, and in Arizona that percentage was estimated to be nearly 40, according to a recent study by the Poor People’s Campaign.... Read more»

Arizona has permitted all-mail elections for 30 years

The all-mail elections underway across Arizona for school district bond and override issues, which raised concerns among several Republican political figures this week, have been permitted by state law for 30 years. ... Read more»

Group led by 'kraken' lawyer Sidney Powell hired firm recounting AZ’s election to probe a PA election

A nonprofit organization run by former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell, contracted the company that’s now counting 2.1 million ballots from Maricopa County to conduct an election audit in a rural Pennsylvania county, and it is unclear whether Powell and her group have any involvement in the Arizona audit.... Read more»

Do voting laws protect or restrict access? House echoes Arizona debate

Democratic and Republican members of the House Administration Committee stuck largely to their talking points during a hearing on the effect that voter ID laws, proof-of-citizenship requirements and lack of language assistance have on elections, with one side saying the changes protect and the other side saying they restrict voting.... Read more»

Early voting list purge bill wouldn’t affect Arizona voters until after 2024 election

Under Senate Bill 1485, if Arizonans who are signed up for Arizona’s Permanent Early Voting List don’t cast their early ballots for two consecutive election cycles, they’ll receive a notice asking them if they want to remain on the list, and those who don’t respond will be purged from the list, though they’ll still be registered to vote.... Read more»

Experts raise concerns about processes, transparency as Arizona election 'audit' begins

As the Arizona Senate’s historic recount and 'audit' of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County kicked off, outside the watchful eye of journalists who were banned from attending, election integrity experts raised a number of concerns about what they deemed an alarming lack of policies or knowledge of proper procedures by the 'auditing' team.... Read more»

Dems won’t post $1M bond, so Arizona election audit won’t be paused

A brief weekend pause in the Arizona Senate’s election 'audit' that a judge ordered on Friday won’t happen because the Arizona Democratic Party declined to put up a $1 million bond that the judge requested to cover any expenses that the Senate wrongfully incurs due to the halt.... Read more»

Senate won’t say who is funding the Arizona election 'audit' or allow media access

A heated press conference on the eve of the Arizona Senate’s 'audit' of the Maricopa County presidential election revealed key information about how the 'audit' will unfold in the coming weeks and laid bare issues with media access and transparency about who is paying for the 'audit'. ... Read more»

Critics blast Arizona bill that would purge names from list of mail-in voters

Voting rights advocates and Arizona Democrats on Wednesday denounced a bill that would remove voters from the Permanent Early Voting List, calling it an attempt to disenfranchise up to 150,000 voters, particularly those of color. ... Read more»

GOP bill that could remove 200k people from Arizona's Permanent Early Voting List clears the House

A bill that could remove tens of thousands of voters from the state’s Permanent Early Voting List is one step closer to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk after a day of partisan rancor and procedural maneuvers in the Arizona House of Representatives. ... Read more»

Ducey says Arizona business opposition won’t influence decision on election bills

Gov. Doug Ducey said business community opposition to a pair of election bills that critics allege will suppress voters won’t affect his decision on whether to sign the legislation if it reaches his desk. Greater Phoenix Leadership, a business and civic organization, issued a statement last week urging lawmakers to reject legislation that it said is voter suppression.... Read more»

Phoenix business group pressures AZGOP lawmakers to abandon voter suppression bills

Prominent business leaders are asking lawmakers to reject several election-related bills that they deemed attempts to suppress voting in Arizona, a move that comes as Georgia faces calls for boycotts for passing similar legislation. ... Read more»

Biden slams 'un-American' GOP drive to curb voting rights in the states

President Joe Biden on Thursday in his first formal news conference since taking office blasted Republican-controlled state legislatures that are seeking to restrict voting access, labeling those attempts “sick” and “un-American.” ... Read more»

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