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Changes in Arizona’s resign-to-run law unmuzzle candidates

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett waits to testify before the the Senate Judiciary Committee as Senate Democrats and Republicans spar over whether voter ID laws, attempts to purge voter rolls and restricted early voting were legitimate efforts to stop fraud or Republican strategies to hold down Democratic votes, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Recent changes to Arizona's "resign-to-run" law mean current officeholders can now speak publicly about running for another office without having to use wiggle words, and Secretary of State Ken Bennett has taken advantage of the revisions that went into effect last week to say he will be a Republican candidate for governor next year.

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Biggs gives Crandall an early boot from Arizona State Senate (access required)

Andy Biggs wins bid for Arizona Senate President

Rich Crandall's Arizona state Senate seat was declared vacant by Senate President Andy Biggs on Aug. 22, days after Crandall notified Biggs that his resignation won’t take effect until midnight on Aug. 31. Biggs cited a portion of Arizona law that declares a legislative office can be deemed vacant now that Crandall is no longer a resident of the district.

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Thousands of provisional problems on Election Day (access required)

Mesa resident Paul Garrett discusses his frustration with a Mesa police officer about being told he was required to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day. Garrett was one of thousands of Arizonans who was surprised to learn that since he requested an early ballot, he would have to cast a provisional ballot if he decided to vote at his polling place on Election Day. (Photo by Hank Stephenson/Arizona Capitol Times)

Shortly after noon on Election Day, Paul Garrett walked into his polling place in Mesa, ready to cast his vote. But when he got into line and told the poll worker his name, he was advised that he had already received his early ballot in the mail, so he would have to cast a provisional ballot.

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State unveiling system for online petition gathering (access required)

Arizona is preparing to launch a new signature-gathering system that will fundamentally change the way political candidates go about qualifying for the 2012 ballot.

Beginning Feb. 1, voters will be able go online to sign nominating petitions for candidates who want to run for statewide office and the Legislature.

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