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Armed vigilantes wearing tactical gear were captured by security cameras on Oct. 21, 2022, outside Maricopa County’s drop box in Mesa.

Attorneys representing Melody Jennings, known online as “TrumperMel,” told a federal court back in October that none of her volunteer drop box watchers to her knowledge had extremist ties, but an analysis of a database of her volunteers by the Arizona Mirror found that isn’t true. Read more»

Pima County officials have completed their recount in the election for Arizona attorney general and superintendent of public instruction, sending the results of the review of nearly 400,000 ballots to the Secretary of State's Office on Friday. Read more»

Sylvia Herrera, member of the Barrio Committee, helps families protest the Arizona Department of Child Safety in 2014.

From 2015 to 2019, the last full year of federal child welfare statistics available before the pandemic, DCS investigated the family lives of 1 of every 3 Black children in Maricopa County, creating a system so omnipresent among Black families that it has created a communitywide dread. Read more»

Why some printers had problems and others didn’t is unclear.

As Maricopa County investigates what exactly caused machines to reject thousands of voters’ ballots on Election Day, an analysis of technical evidence found that local officials may have pushed the county’s ballot printers past their limits. Read more»

An election worker gathers ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 10, 2022.

Online posts falsely claim that while 540,000 voters went to the polls in Maricopa County on Election Day, county officials only counted 248,000 ballots - but the total voters included people dropping off mail-in ballots - which are considered early votes - and provisional ballots that day. Read more»

Abe Hamadeh, Republican candidate for attorney general - shown here with GOP secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem - sued election officials across the state, alleging that a mishandled election cost him the race.

A Maricopa County judge gave a tentative go-ahead to a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the attorney general’s race, amid criticism that it lacked sufficient evidence and was filed prematurely based on statutory guidelines, though he warned he may yet dismiss the challenge.  Read more»

Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs shakes hands with Gov. Doug Ducey Wednesday at a meeting in the governor’s office. Ducey congratulated Hobbs and said it is time for Arizonans to move forward 'no matter who we voted for,' an apparent rebuke to GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake, who has refused to concede.

Ignoring challenges and election critics, Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs pressed on toward a transition as aides laid out the incoming administration’s priorities and promised she will be “a governor for all Arizonans” - a message seconded by Gov. Doug Ducey. Read more»

Lake’s lawsuit comes as election officials in the state are grappling with several challenges from Republican politicians.

Republican Kari Lake has filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County election officials, demanding they provide information about voters whose ballots were affected by tabulation mishaps in the county on Election Day in a last-ditch attempt to cast doubt on Arizona election results. Read more»

Supervisors in both Cochise and Mohave counties said their elections were well run, but delaying the certification is a way to prove to their constituency they did everything they could to stop statewide certification.

Amid a GOP campaign to pressure county supervisors across Arizona not to certify their elections, two counties have postponed their vote until the eleventh hour, raising questions about what happens if they fail to meet their deadline to finalize results. Read more»

Hamadeh at a Tucson campaign stop the weekend before Election Day.

Abe Hamadeh, the Republican nominee for attorney general, filed a lawsuit late Tuesday alleging that Maricopa County officials bungled Election Day so severely that it cost him a victory in the race, which he lost by just 510 votes.  Read more»

Voters wait in line at a Mesa polling location on Nov. 8, 2022.

Maricopa County will respond Monday to a letter from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office demanding details on Election Day problems, but county officials say they will comply with state law, and the county plans to canvass and certify the election by Monday. Read more»

An election worker gathers ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 10, 2022.

With Maricopa County saying that it had finished its vote count, it appeared that Arizona’s midterm had reached a milestone with no votes left to count, but the ordeal is far from over as the focus will be on recounts – and any lingering allegations of voter fraud or election discounts. Read more»

Arizona’s election workers received more than twice as many ballots on Election Day as they had in the previous four days combined. They weren’t able to start processing those ballots until after polls had closed.

Social media posts falsely claim Florida counted all of its votes on Election Day and states that took longer committed “voter fraud,” but Florida election officials start counting ballots before Election Day, and most states don’t allow vote counting to begin until polls close. Read more»

Murray Hooper was executed by lethal injection on Nov. 16, 2022, for his convictions in the 1980 killings of Pat Redmond and his mother-in-law, Helen Phelps, in Phoenix.

A man who maintained his innocence for a 1980 double murder was put to death in Arizona on Wednesday afternoon after the U.S. Supreme Court denied him a stay of execution that morning while concluding the state erred in hiding exculpatory evidence. Read more»

Governor-elect Katie Hobbs hugs her daughter, Hannah Goodman before giving a victory speech Nov. 15 in Phoenix.

Arizona Governor-elect Democrat Katie Hobbs gave give a victory speech Tuesday after a contentious race that she was not favored to win - though her opponent Republican Kari Lake had not conceded the race and continued to criticize elections in Maricopa County. Read more»

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