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Attorney General Kris Mayes in January 2023.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes says she will redirect the election crimes division’s focus to prosecute election-related threats and protect voting rights - and plans to investigate multiple fake elector schemes by Republicans in support of former President Donald Trump. Read more»

Attorney General  Kris Mayes at a September election forum. Mayes criticized the Election Integrity Unit before taking office, but now plans to use the unit to protect voting rights.

Former AG Brnovich hid findings from the election fraud unit that debunked claims of widespread fraud in Arizona’s 2020 election, and Kris Mayes announced she will use the unit to combat voter suppression - leading to questions about whether the unit should exist at all. Read more»

County supervisors across the state faced immense political pressure not to certify their county’s election results — which is a ministerial duty in state law.

Despite months of preparation for the 2022 midterms, Maricopa County couldn’t pull off a perfectly smooth election and other Arizona counties made headlines for their election woes as well, but there are lessons that could enable officials to make Arizona elections stronger. Read more»

Secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem and attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh at a campaign event.

After hearing a hodgepodge of claims from three losing GOP candidates alleging inaccuracies in the midterm election, Arizona judges rejected many of the most far-reaching and unsubstantiated claims, but are allowing other claims to move forward. Read more»

In 2020, the electorate was older, whiter, more female and more educated than the country as a whole - a consistent pattern in American elections, even as the nation has become more diverse.

The turnout for 2022 is still coming into focus as the last ballots continue to be tallied - but it looks to be unusually high for a midterm election - and the way that voter turnout is calculated reveals who counts, and who is left out, in American elections. Read more»

Voters in Arizona who forget to sign mail-in ballots aren’t legally entitled to cure them after Election Day, a federal appeals court ruled in December.

Thousands of Americans will lose their right to vote in this year’s midterm elections over mistakes like forgetting a signature or putting down the wrong date on paperwork for mail voting. 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»

Arizona is one of several states where armed groups have been seen watching drop boxes for non-existent voter fraud leading to an increase in cases being submitted to the DOJ of voter intimidation by the Secretary of State’s Office.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that it will be sending personnel to monitor the polls in five counties in Arizona - including Pima County - and 23 other states as voter intimidation complaints reach double digits in the state. Read more»

A turquoise sign along southbound U.S. 89 near Tuba City proclaims the Navajo Nation’s resiliency. Besides opening a vote center, Navajo leaders have urged the county to add more options for how to vote, such as expanding the number of drop boxes, early voting, and Election Day sites.

Advocates want Apache County to create vote centers where anyone can vote to address the pattern of ballot rejections among Navajo Nation voters in Arizona, where the complexity of mapping out reservation addresses and the lack of voter education creates confusion. Read more»

Voting is one of the powerful tools young Indigenous people can use to make effective change.

The 2020 election showed just how strong the Native vote was - as voters in precincts on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in northeastern Arizona rose by 29 percent compared to the 2016 election - and organizations are stepping up to help register and educate younger Native voters. Read more»

Hand-counted paper ballots erases the people who — because of physical disabilities, intellectual differences, or a host of other challenges ­— find it difficult or impossible to cast a paper ballot by hand.

People across the country are insisting counties stop using voting machines and tabulators, instead casting and counting all ballots by hand - but in pushing this, it’s clear proponents simply do not see the existence of disabled voters or their need for dignity in the voting process. Read more»

The most notorious election law passed this year is a requirement for voters to prove their U.S. citizenship to vote in presidential elections.

On Saturday, nearly all of the bills signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this year went into effect - and some of them impact Arizonans in their daily lives, classrooms and voting booths. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey gives the State of the State address on Jan. 14, 2022.

One of the most significant election bills this legislative session signed into law by Arizona Gov. Ducey is provoking an outcry from voting advocates who say it could disenfranchise naturalized citizens and other voters by canceling their registrations. Read more»

Some changes did get approved by the legislature and signed into law this year and last. The new laws passed this year, though, won’t go into effect until September at the earliest, which means the general election may have some slightly different rules than the primary.

Whether voters fill out their ballots at home or head to the polls for the primary election in Arizona this summer, they’ll see some minor changes from 2020, but most new laws you may have heard about won’t affect this primary. Read more»

The Department of Justice on Tuesday sued Arizona over a law signed by the state’s Republican governor in March that requires people registering to vote prove their citizenship to participate in a presidential election or to vote by mail in any federal election. Read more»

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