There appears to be little doubt lawmakers will have to rewrite a key provision of Arizona’s election laws after a federal judge’s ruling that it is unconstitutional.Read More »
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The vast majority of voters cast their ballots by mail, but not Rep. Michelle Ugenti. She cast her Aug. 26 primary ballot the old-fashioned way, in a booth, at the neighborhood polling place. The only problem is that the unopposed Republican incumbent, who represents Scottsdale at the state Legislature, voted at the polling place associated with a house in which she no longer lived.Read More »
An Arizona House committee is set to hear a bill repealing a sweeping 2013 election law that galvanized voter's rights groups, Democrats and third-party candidates.Read More »
To curtail the inappropriate influence of money in politics, Arizona law prohibits lobbyists from contributing to lawmakers’ campaign committees while the Legislature is in session.Read More »
Specter of anonymous campaign spending looms over 2014
Next year’s elections are shaping up like 2012 — organizations with generic names, big checkbooks and secret contributors spending millions to influence Arizona’s elections.
Debate over HB2305 continues after opponents gather enough signatures to put it on the ballot
Groups opposing the state’s election reform law rejoiced on Oct. 29 when the secretary of state concluded the referendum against the law has enough signatures to appear on the 2014 ballot.
Supreme Court campaign finance case could change Arizona elections
While Arizona’s higher campaign contribution limits hang in the balance, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court might achieve what the state law’s supporters seek – give people the ability to contribute more to their favorite politicians and allow candidates to raise bigger amounts from backers.
Every law regulating ballot measure campaigns, political action committees and possibly even candidates’ campaign committees in Arizona may soon be wiped from the books, at least until the Legislature can write new ones.Read More »
Higher contribution limits don’t translate into avalanche of cash
Legislators who approved a controversial election law this year and are hoping to get a serious bump in their fundraising efforts should not expect to see an avalanche of hefty checks coming their way.
Mysterious visits to south Phoenix home became catalyst for new elections law
Rey Valenzuela was at his home in south Phoenix during election season last year when a young man, clipboard in hand, knocked on his door and asked for his wife.