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Tucson voters wait in line during the November, 2022 election. An Arizona GOP bill would have removed the state from ERIC, the database designed to prevent voter fraud.

Eight Republican-led states this year left an interstate cooperative that seeks to maintain accurate voter registration rolls, and three more may join them — a move that election security experts say is fueled by conspiracy theories. Read more»

Right-wing protesters gather outside the Maricopa County Elections Department on Nov. 4, 2020, demanding that all ballots for Donald Trump be counted. Inside the building, election workers were busy counting hundreds of thousands of ballots.

Following in the footsteps of six conservative-led states, Senate Republicans want to pull Arizona’s membership from a multistate coalition that aids in cleaning voter rolls, following false claims that the coalition is part of a liberal conspiracy to rig elections. Read more»

Witnesses who were known to be subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury include several of Trump's former attorneys and top advisers, state Republican officials as well as Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Republican Governor Brian Kemp.

A Georgia judge on Thursday released parts of the final report produced by a special purpose grand jury seated last year as part of an investigation into potential criminal interference with the state's 2020 elections by former President Donald Trump and several of his allies. Read more»

False claims and conspiracy theories — particularly those aimed at the integrity of U.S. elections — have been bouncing around in partisan echo chambers for at least two years.

Many states don’t start counting mail ballots until after polls close, and some continue to accept them for days after Election Day if they are postmarked by that date - but unfounded claims persist that mail ballots lead to rampant fraud and, if counted after Election Day, are suspect. Read more»

On Truth Social, a right-wing social network, numerous users shared posts saying to vote as late as possible on Election Day.

Election deniers have been pushing voters not to vote early, making the baseless claim that it could show Democrats how many votes they need “to fake” to win - though there is no evidence that Democrats have in the past or could rig an election based on Republican early vote totals. Read more»

A ballot drop box can be seen by the curb in front of the Maricopa County Juvenile Court in Mesa. Drop boxes have long been popular and uncontroversial in Western states, such as Arizona, until the 2020 election.

The campaign against drop boxes is part of the broader push to make voting more difficult after the 2020 election after right-wing activists failed to turn up evidence of widespread voter fraud, and further restrictions appear likely. Read more»

Arizona GOP candidate Kari Lake during a campaign rally at The Maverick on July 12, 2022.

Kari Lake said her slim lead in the Arizona GOP gubernatorial primary election would hold up and she declared victory Wednesday afternoon, even as more than 100,000 ballots were being counted in Maricopa County. Read more»

Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County in 2018. Lamb also runs Protect America Now, one of the organizations in partnership with True the Vote, the conservative nonprofit behind the film “2000 Mules".

Conservative nonprofit True the Vote has announced it will partner with conservative sheriffs’ groups to fuel investigations into 2020 voter fraud allegations and increase surveillance of voting - but a spate of new state laws bans private grants for elections. Read more»

Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by Cyber Ninjas contractors.

Arizona AG Mark Brnovich knocked down claims of dead voters casting ballots in the 2020 election, one of many unsubstantiated allegations made by contractors during the Arizona Senate’s review of the 2020 presidential election, and by other groups. Read more»

While information about voters is available in most states, it comes at a cost and with limits on how it can be distributed to avoid having some private information be easily accessible.

The Voter Reference Foundation - closely linked to a super PAC predominantly funded by billionaire Richard Uihlein and led by Trump campaign operations director in Arizona Gina Swoboda - encourages crowdsourcing of voter rolls to find what they consider errors and anomalies. Read more»

In a meeting riddled with false accusations of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election, Republican senators approved bills in the Senate Government Committee to increase the monitoring of voter registration rolls and purge more voters from the voting rolls. Read more»

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer said during an online forum on election reform sponsored by States United Democracy Center that officials need to work to restore voters’ trust in the system.

While bipartisan panel of election officials preferred to look forward to the 2022 general elections, other voting rights advocates said officials cannot afford to ignore the ongoing threat posed by election deniers. Read more»

A first-of-its-kind study focused on the likelihood of various attacks on mail voting in the United States determined "that expanding mail voting is safe and should be used moving forward because it increases voter access and reduces the likelihood of adversarial interference." Read more»

Voter fraud cases are rare, and most cases in Arizona involve people accused of 'double voting' in multiple states.

A grand jury has indicted a Scottsdale Republican woman for allegedly casting her dead mother’s early ballot in the November election in a rare prosecution for voter fraud in Arizona after the case was brought to the attention of the election integrity unit by a conservative Phoenix activist. Read more»

Rep. Shawnna Bolick, R-Phoenix.

State Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who sponsored legislation earlier this year that would have allowed the legislature to reject voters' selection in presidential races, is running to become Arizona's top elections official. Read more»

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