Lake, judges, courts, election litigation, retention
Jun 8, 2023

Politics, election denial encroaching on judiciary

Judges in Maricopa and Pima counties don’t want to run retention campaigns. But as political polarization and election denial draw closer to the judiciary, they may have to.

Maricopa County, elections, Election Day, ballots, certify, nullify, Bible, Bill Gates, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Ducey, Lake, Hobbs
Mar 7, 2023

Two groups file suit to overturn counties’ signature verifications

Two groups, including a Virginia organization founded by conservative Republicans, have filed suit to overturn the process now used by Arizona counties to verify the signatures on early ballot envelopes.

Richer, Fontes, election reform, Valley Bar, Phoenix, Democrats, Republicans, Lake
Feb 9, 2023

Fontes and Richer laugh, debate at Valley Bar event

Between playful jabs and Harry Potter references, former political opponents and current election officials Adrian Fontes and Stephen Richer talked about election reform proposals in a rare live event on Wednesday night at Valley Bar, the bar and nightclub off Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. 

election, Kavanagh, ballots, hand counts, tabulation, McSally, Kelly, Lake, Biden, Trump, legislation
Feb 4, 2023

Kavanagh’s bill would merge hand and machine counting of ballots

A veteran state lawmaker thinks he's found a way to finally end the debate over whether humans are better or worse than machines at counting ballots. Put them both to the test.

Richer, Maricopa County, elections, Maricopa County Recorder, Republicans, Democrats, ballots, election
Feb 3, 2023

County recorder, lawmakers tackle election reforms 

Following multiple razor-thin election results in Arizona, proposals from Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer offer solutions to potentially expedite the vote-counting process. Now, the county must work out the details with the Legislature. 

Hamadeh, Mayes, election, Lake, Hobbs, ballots, election contest, Republicans, Democrats, legal fees, Toma, Petersen, judge, election challenge
Jan 26, 2023

Top Republicans ask judge to save Hamadeh from legal fees

The top Republicans in the House and Senate are asking a judge to save failed GOP attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh from having to pay the legal fees of others he sued in his unsuccessful lawsuit to be declared the winner.

Fontes, Hobbs, Mayes, election, inauguration, governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of schools,
Jan 5, 2023

Fontes at inauguration calls for prosecution of those who harass election workers

Arizona's new secretary of state called for the prosecution of people who harass those involved in running elections. In his inaugural address Thursday, Adrian Fontes spoke of the lessons he learned as a boy in Nogales about honor.

arrest, charges, Hobbs, threats, voicemail, U.S District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, election, Lake, Secretary of State, governor
Dec 13, 2022

Ohio man arrested after allegedly making death threats with Secretary of State’s Office 

An Ohio man was arrested on Monday on charges that he made three profanity-laced death threats to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office. 

Maricopa County, Kavanagh, Election Day, ballots, early voting, Mendez, Sundareshan
Nov 21, 2022

Brnovich demands answers from Maricopa County about what he suspects are election law violations

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is demanding answers from Maricopa County about what he said appear to be violations of state election law. In a letter Saturday, his office says it has received "hundreds of complaints'' about how the county administered the general election.

Pawlik, Willoughby, Harris, election, recount, Republicans, Democrats, Gress, Maricopa County, House, Jovan Hutton Pulitzer
Nov 8, 2022

Earlier fears of short-staffed elections averted, but some fears remain

Despite earlier fears that voter intimidation and threats against officials would make it hard to find enough workers to run the state’s elections this year, county recorders said they have not had too much difficulty filling those jobs.

Kavanagh, attorney general
Oct 13, 2022

Complaint sent to AG’s office claims recorder violated statutes

A complaint sent to Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office alleges Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer violated two Arizona statutes outlawing the use of public money to influence a campaign.

elections, Hudelson, Martinez, Seaman, Legislative District 16, campaign donations, general election
Sep 12, 2022

Fighting bogus claims a growing priority in election offices

Election officials preparing for the rapidly approaching midterm elections have one more headache: trying to combat misinformation that sows distrust about voting and results while fueling vitriol aimed at rank-and-file election workers.