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Finchem has been known to make bold claims and back out of providing evidence, as a recently released report from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office showed.

A trial court judge has said Arizona Republican secretary of state nominee Mark Finchem will be forced to pay attorney’s fees in what the judge called a “groundless” lawsuit that aimed to overturn his election loss to Adrian Fontes. Read more»

With just more than 10,000 ballots left to be counted statewide, Arizona’s races for attorney general and state superintendent will likely trigger recounts next month.

The races for attorney general and superintendent of public instruction are coming down to the wire and could be heading for an automatic recount for the first time in state history after legislation signed into law in May lowered the margin triggering the recount process. Read more»

Secretary of State candidates Mark Finchem, on the left, and Adrian Fontes, on the right, during a debate televised on Arizona PBS.

The results of the 2022 Arizona secretary of state race appeared up for grabs late Tuesday, with Democrat Adrian Fontes holding an early advantage over Republican Mark Finchem. Read more»

Arizona Secretary of State GOP candidate Mark Finchem, who has denied the 2020 election results and was present at the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

State officials who administer fair, accessible and secure elections have historically operated quietly without garnering much attention - but since 2020, secretaries of state and other officials who oversee elections have come under increasing scrutiny and exposure to increasing abuse. Read more»

Supervisors Peggy Judd and Tom Crosby, the two Republicans on the three-member board, want to hand-count all votes cast in the midterm election by the county’s 87,000 registered voters.

The Arizona secretary of state’s office is threatening to sue Cochise County if it moves forward with a hand count of all ballots in the midterm election - though the supervisors haven’t provided details of how they’d conduct the hand count, even though early voting is already underway. Read more»

Republican Mark Finchem.

Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem has repeatedly denied the results of the 2020 presidential election and was present at the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol - now, he’s running to “restore honor, restore integrity, restore security to the secretary of state’s office.” Read more»

Democrat Adrian Fontes.

Adrian Fontes, Democratic candidate for secretary of state, self-proclaimed “election hawk,” and a public servant for nearly 30 years, is inspired by his experiences as a Marine, prosecutor and county recorder to protect Arizona’s democracy and restore faith in the electoral process. Read more»

Democrat Rose Mofford, left, and Republican Jan Brewer were secretaries of state who became governor after predecessors from the other party were impeached or left office. Such midterm party-switching of executives would not happen if voters approve Proposition 131, creating a lieutenant governor’s office.

If approved, Proposition 131 would create an office of lieutenant governor who would run on the same ticket with the governor beginning with the 2026 election, making Arizona one of the last states to create an office of lieutenant governor who would succeed the governor. Read more»

Mark Finchem is a member of the America First Secretary of State Coalition, a group that lists eliminating mail-in ballots as one of its goals.

In a recent debate, Democrat Adrian Fontes said Republican Mark Finchem wants to make it harder for many Arizonans to cast their ballots - and though Finchem rejected the charge, changes he has backed would have altered the voting options for millions of Arizonans. Read more»

Secretary of State candidates Mark Finchem, on the left, and Adrian Fontes, on the right, during a debate Thursday night, televised on Arizona PBS.

A Republican legislator on Thursday endorsed Adrian Fontes, the Democratic nominee for secretary of state, over a member of his own caucus who has built his campaign on false and evidence-free claims that the 2020 election was rigged against Donald Trump. Read more»

Finchem said that ballot harvesting in Yuma County 'altered the outcome' in the August 2020 primary, but the number of ballots in question was no more than five. The smallest winning margin was 392. Those ballots could not have had any impact on the outcome.

Arizona GOP secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem pointed to a violation in Yuma Country during the Secretary of State debate, saying it changed the outcome of the 2020 election - but the winning margin in the race was too wide for the votes in question to change the results. Read more»

Beth Lewis, director of Save Our Schools speaks during a news conference on the Arizona Capitol grounds on Sept. 23.

The effort to block school vouchers and let Arizona voters decide the program’s fate in 2024 is likely short of the number of signatures required to refer the new law to the ballot - a stark reversal to Friday's declaration by Save Our Schools Arizona, the group behind the petition drive. Read more»

Secretary of State candidates Mark Finchem, on the left, and Adrian Fontes, on the right, during a debate Thursday night, televised on Arizona PBS.

Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, continually dodged questions and spouted conspiracy theories in a televised debate Thursday night against his Democratic opponent, Adrian Fontes. Read more»

Staff at the Pima County Elections Department prepare ballots for counting on Oct. 17, 2020 after they were processed by the County Recorder’s Office for the Nov. 2020 election.

Election deniers are running for secretary of state in five critical states across the country, and the Democrats challenging them in November say their campaigns have taken on increased importance. Read more»

Two completed test ballots for the state’s logic and accuracy tests, including one, at right, for federal-only voters.

Logic and accuracy tests - required by state law and must be successfully completed before any Arizona voter can cast their ballot and before counties can count any votes - serve to confirm that all voting machines work properly and meet state requirements. Read more»

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