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Early voter stats for Maricopa County

Maricopa County elections officials forecast that 30 percent of the county's 1.8 million registered voters will cast ballots for the sales tax special election. Karen Osborne, county elections director, attributed the high estimate to the large number of registered early voters and the degree of interest in the sales tax referendum. Roughly 700,000 Maricopa County voters receive early ballots in the mail. So far, 490,000 early ballots have been returned, said Osborne, who predicted the county will receive an additional 100,000 early ballots by tomorrow night.

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Managing Editor Matt Bunk explains a recent Clean Elections lawsuit on ABC 15 Daybreak

Matt Bunk, managing editor of the Arizona Capitol Times, discusses the Clean Elections system in Arizona on ABC 15 Daybreak and explains how a pending Ninth Circuit Court decision regarding the matching funds portion of the publicly financed elections system could provide one candidate in the GOP primary a significant advantage in the Arizona gubernatorial race.

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Media outlets duped by bogus polls

Regardless of what you may have read elsewhere, no one has a decisive lead in the GOP primary race to replace Congressman John Shadegg, who is retiring at the end of the year. There have been three "polls" released by candidates in the race so far, and none of them are worth a lick.

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Ballot measure would ban ‘taxpayer money’ for political campaigns (access required)

The system that allows Arizona residents to use government money to campaign for political office is teetering after a federal judge ruled earlier this year that a major component of the scheme is unconstitutional. Many powerful special interest groups, nonetheless, are hoping to deliver the knockout blow at the ballot box this fall, rather than wait for it to collapse on its own.

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