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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.