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Republicans helped Arizona champion voting by mail. Now they want it gone.

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»

States target ballot drop boxes in fight over voting rights

Ballot drop boxes are so secure they’ve survived getting hit by an SUV and rolled by a school bus — yet much of the battle over voting rights in Arizona and around the country has centered on the big metal boxes.... Read more»

Nearly 90% of Arizona voters use early ballots. Republicans would eliminate that to combat imagined fraud.

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»

Move 2023 Super Bowl out of Arizona? That’s what faith leaders want because of voting bill restrictions

Faith leaders from around the country are calling for the NFL to move the 2023 Super Bowl out of Arizona, citing several bills they characterize as voter suppression. ... Read more»

Arizona Democrats look for help, as scores of election bills land in Legislature

Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán concedes that Democrats don’t have the numbers on their own to rebuff Republican election reform bills so she turned Thursday to an unlikely source for help: Republicans.... Read more»

Cyber Ninjas leader ignored records contradicting false claim about Az 'audit'

Supporters of Arizona's 'audit' have repeated Doug Logan's statement that 74,243 mail-in ballots were counted that had “no clear record of them being sent” - yet he had records for months showing that almost every one of those voters legally cast a legitimate ballot at an in-person early voting center.... Read more»

Justice Department issues clearest warning yet on Arizona election 'audit'

The Justice Department issued guidance Wednesday on voting rights and on the pitfalls of post-election audits, reminders that were sent to all states but clearly aimed at Arizona and its 'audit' of Maricopa County elections. ... Read more»

Arizona small business owners join pressure campaign against Sinema over filibuster

A coalition of over 500 small businesses throughout Arizona is calling on U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to take meaningful steps to pass the For The People Act, a proposal she co-sponsored but Senate Republicans have successfully stalled through procedural means. ... 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»

Ducey signs bill to remove some Arizona voters from early ballot list

On Tuesday, Gov. Ducey signed SB 1485 barely an hour after the Senate approved it on a party-line vote, which will allow voters who are signed up to automatically receive early ballots for every election to be removed from the list if they don’t use those ballots.... 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»

Arizona continues steady leftward march

With Democrats leading in Arizona’s Senate and presidential races, one might think the Grand Canyon State is about to dramatically flip from red to blue.... Read more»

Maricopa official: Disinformation poses threat to election security

Officials need to be as concerned about voting disinformation as they are about people tampering with ballots themselves, a Maricopa County official said Wednesday during a forum on election security.... Read more»

Arizona sees 'historic high' turnout for primary election

Despite fears and uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, more than 36 percent of registered voters in Arizona voted in the primary, an increase of about 10 percent over the 2018 primary and 25 percent more than in 2016, a result that Hobbs called "astounding."... Read more»

Friday deadline to request ballot-by-mail in Arizona primary election

Friday, July 24, at 5 p.m. is the deadline to request a ballot-by-mail to vote in Arizona's August primary election. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Fimbres: Vote by mail to save money

When I was elected to the City Council, voters charged me with saving money during these tough economic times. One area in which to save money is to consider changing how elections are conducted. The vote-by-mail election process has been successful in saving costs, as well as making voting more convenient and ballots more secure, in other cities.... Read more»