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With change in address, Ugenti may have broken election rules (access required)

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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.

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Dark Money (access required)

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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.

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Reforming election reform (access required)

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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.

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Contribution limits vs. free speech (access required)

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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.

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Donor fatigue (access required)

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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.

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Picking up ballots

Picking up ballots

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.

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