Sep 8, 2015

Secretary of State Reagan asks US Supreme Court to void Arizona legislative maps

Secretary of State Michele Reagan has joined with Republican interests in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to void the state’s current legislative redistricting plan.

Jan 2, 2015

Supreme Court Voting Rights Act ruling could help Democrats and lead to more competition

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to lift the requirement that Arizona and other states get federal pre-approval for election law changes could lead to an era of greater competitiveness in the Grand Canyon State’s rigidly partisan legislative districts.

Aug 5, 2013

Arizona bail-in: Democrats want DOJ to keep eye on Arizona elections

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s quest to reassert federal scrutiny in states formerly covered by the Voting Rights Act’s preclearance requirement is giving some Arizona lawmakers hope that the state may again find itself in the Department of Justice’s sights.

Feds chime in on Arizona's immigrant harboring ban
Jun 25, 2013

Voting rights ruling sparks concern about future discrimination

Democrats and Latino activists are concerned that Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling lifting the requirement that Arizona and other states get federal approval for election and voting law changes may have ended their best chance of stopping a newly passed omnibus election law.

Apr 9, 2012

Justice Department approves congressional redistricting plan

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced it has approved Arizona’s proposed congressional redistricting plan, despite a last minute appeal by some Republicans who said minority voting rights could have been strengthened.

Nov 28, 2011

Redistricting special election could have preclearance problems

Even if Republican lawmakers and Gov. Jan Brewer can reach an agreement on a Feb. 28 special election on redistricting, the U.S. Department of Justice may still keep the proposed repeal of the Independent Redistricting Commission off the ballot.

Aug 25, 2011

Horne sues feds to end Voting Rights Act preclearance

Attorney General Tom Horne filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning a provision in the Voting Rights Act requiring Arizona and several other states to get all election changes approved by the U.S. Department of Justice before they can be implemented.