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A breakdown of registered voters in Arizona.

The state’s largest bloc of voters may be forfeiting their ability to make a difference in Arizona elections. About 12 percent of independents voted in the Aug. 26 primary, compared to 27 percent turnout among all voters, according to the Secretary of State’s Office. Read more»

Despite an overwhelming defeat in 2012, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, shown in this file photo, wants to try again in 2016 to win voter approval for creating a primary system in which the top two vote-getters advance to the general election regardless of party.

With independents now Arizona's largest voting bloc, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson says he'll push again to establish primary elections that have the top two vote-getters advancing regardless of party. He says the change would boost participation. Read more»

Rep. Martin J. Quezada wants to create an independent, nonpartisan commission that would investigate alleged violations of election laws as well as ethics complaints lodged against elected state officials.

Rep. Martin J. Quezada, D-Phoenix, says the Arizona Ethics and Elections Commission called for in HB 2140 would increase accountability for candidates and lawmakers. The body would have the power to audit candidates' accounts and impose civil penalties. Read more»

Voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure to do away with Arizona’s partisan primary system in favor of open primaries advancing top vote-getters regardless of party. Read more» 1

An obscure Arizona nonprofit that has contributed $1.5 million to campaigns opposing two Arizona ballot measures revealed Monday under court order that $11 million it contributed to California ballot measure campaigns passed through two other nonprofits. A California official said that this qualifies as money laundering and violates state law. Read more»

Americans for Responsible Leadership, a Phoenix-based nonprofit, continues to pour money into the opposition against Proposition 121 and Proposition 204 and added to its activities by funding a mailing this week opposing a Democrat for state House. Read more»

Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson, a leader of the group that put forward Proposition 121, said eliminating partisan primaries in Arizona would level the playing field for independent candidates.

Proposition 121, dubbed the Open Elections/Open Government Act, would replace the current partisan primary system with a single primary that advances the top vote-getters regardless of party. It would also require that all candidates collect the same number of signatures. Read more»

Warren Severin, chairman of Arizona’s Libertarian Party, says Proposition 121′s plan to eliminate partisan primaries in favor of a single primary for all candidates would hurt third parties.

It’s already an uphill battle for Libertarian and Green party candidates in Arizona, but no matter what they have a place on the ballot. However, leaders of both parties say Proposition 121 threatens to butt them out of elections for good. Read more» 4

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a Republican, is a leader of Save Our Vote AZ, the main group opposing Proposition 121.

They don’t agree on much, but a plan to create “top two” primaries has Arizona’s major and minor political parties on the same page – or at least close to it. Their responses range from outright opposition from Republican, Libertarian and Green leaders to noncommittal dislike from Democrats. Read more»

Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson is a leader of the Open Government Committee, which is promoting a ballot proposition that would establish open primaries in Arizona.

With relatively few voters currently taking part in primaries, especially independents, former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson said open primaries would lead to a more inclusive government. Read more» 2

Ending a lengthy legal battle, the Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for voters to decide in November whether to switch from partisan to open primaries for state offices. Read more» 3

More than half of Arizonans support switching from partisan primaries to a nonpartisan ballot that would send the highest-polling candidates on to the general election regardless of party affiliation, according to a poll released Monday. Read more» 1

Paul Johnson, former mayor of Phoenix, is leading an effort to establish open primaries in Arizona.

A citizens group wants Arizonans to decide in November 2012 whether to scrap partisan primaries in favor of open elections that would send the highest-polling candidates, regardless of party affiliation, on to the general election. Read more»