Helen Purcell

Jul 28, 2023

Arizona governor’s election task force recommends new laws

A governor's task force meeting behind closed doors approved recommending changes to election laws, a secrecy decision defended by a top aide to Gov. Katie Hobbs.

Mar 18, 2022

Ending mail-in ballots would bring ‘electoral chaos’

If the Arizona Supreme Court rules early voting is unconstitutional, Maricopa County could see ten times as many voters come to the polls and, elsewhere in the state, officials say it would lead to “electoral chaos.” 

Mar 22, 2021

Ducey straddles fence on Senate election audit

Gov. Doug Ducey said he's confident in the results of the 2020 election yet wants to see the results of a Republican-backed audit and hand count of 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County.

Nov 12, 2020

Fontes concedes Maricopa County recorder race to Richer

Maricopa County will have a Republican county recorder again after Democrat Adrian Fontes, the incumbent, conceded the race on Thursday morning to his challenger, Stephen Richer.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a Get Out The Vote rally at the University of Arizona Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz. Sanders is in Arizona to speak at rallies in Tucson and Tempe for Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia. Garcia is an education professor at ASU who is facing Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in the Nov. 6 general election. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP)
Oct 23, 2018

Sanders stumps for Garcia to rally young voters

As he lags in the polls, Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia brought in progressive powerhouse Sen. Bernie Sanders to fire up young voters at rallies in Tucson and Tempe on Tuesday.

Feb 20, 2017

Arizona voting rights advocates see little change, but hope for future

Arizona may have made headlines in 2016 when voters waited up to five hours just to cast a ballot in the presidential preference election, but voting rights advocates said these kinds of problems are nothing new.

Dec 19, 2016

Adrian Fontes: Maricopa County Recorder-elect, a win for Democrats

Adrian Fontes is a first-time politician who unseated 28-year incumbent Helen Purcell by a razor thin margin in the November election. He’s the first Democrat to hold any countywide office in decades.

Nov 15, 2016

Recorder Purcell punished for long voter lines

Voters in Maricopa County have punished the elections official who took responsibility for hours-long lines in the March presidential primary by voting her out of office.

Oct 18, 2016

Trump allies defend allegations of ‘rigged’ election – but say it won’t happen here

Top allies of Donald Trump in Arizona said they don’t believe the 2016 presidential election will be rigged, but defended the GOP nominee over a slew of remarks that have drawn condemnation from Republicans across the country, including some supporters.

Aug 1, 2016

Ballot harvesting ban won’t be enforced this year

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell today said elections officials and poll workers will not be enforcing the “ballot harvesting ban” lawmakers approved this year.

Apr 19, 2016

Attorney asks judge to hold Reagan accountable for primary election failures

The failure of Secretary of State Michele Reagan to properly monitor last month’s presidential primary is grounds to have the results voided even if it won’t change the outcome, an attorney challenging the results told a judge Tuesday.

Apr 1, 2016

Legislation to add election funding stalled before presidential primary

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and Elections Director Karen Osborne are emphasizing that the decision to dramatically reduce the number of polling places for the presidential preference election didn’t occur in a vacuum.