Sam Wercinski

Nov 9, 2015

Arizona gets D on government accountability and transparency

The Grand Canyon State received an overall score of 64 – a D grade – in a new State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of government accountability and transparency in all 50 states by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. Despite the low grade, Arizona ranked 22nd among all the states.

Arizona’s voter registration form requires proof of citizenship. Arizona and Kansas, which has a similar law, are in court to try to force the federal government to include the requirement on federal registration forms for people registering in those states. (Cronkite News Service photo by Cronkite NewsWatch)
Mar 21, 2014

Advocates vow appeal of latest ruling in fight over Arizona voter law

A federal judge’s order backing Arizona and Kansas laws that require proof of citizenship for voter registration is “not the American way” and must be challenged, opponents said Thursday.

Jun 21, 2013

Arizona residents are the winners with Supreme Court voter registration ruling

On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of every eligible American to register to vote using a national standard that eliminates unnecessary barriers. The decision was authored by one of the court’s strongest state’s rights advocates, Justice Antonin Scalia.

Apr 19, 2013

Lobbyists expect pressure to give more to politicians

So-called hell week, the annual spate of fundraisers before the start of the legislative session, may get more hellish for lobbyists because of new campaign finance rules that allow contributors to give far more money.

Apr 19, 2013

Opponents say higher contribution limits violate Clean Elections, Voter Protection Act

A provision in the 1998 ballot measure that created Arizona’s Clean Elections system may hold the key to whether the state’s new campaign contribution limits will go into effect for 2014.

Arizona campaign contribution limits
Apr 19, 2013

New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns

Campaign cash may come pouring into some of Arizona’s top races next year thanks to a new law allowing candidates to raise far more money.

Critics say the bill will flood campaigns with more money and influence-buying, and that it may be the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections system.

Campaign finance limit
Apr 12, 2013

Brewer increases Arizona campaign finance limits

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Thursday a Republican-backed measure that wildly increases campaign finance limits and undermines the state's public campaign funding program enacted by voters to limit money in politics.

Mar 12, 2013

Senators advance bill to raise campaign contribution limits

The debate over whether to raise Arizona’s traditional campaign contribution limits may ultimately end up in court, but enough state senators ere convinced Tuesday that adjusting contribution limits for individuals and political action committees does not require a three-quarter vote.

Mar 8, 2013

Sailing away? Arizona facing decision to save or do away with Clean Elections

As fewer candidates choose to run for office using Arizona’s Clean Elections system, lawmakers are sensing the system’s vulnerability and are preparing to deal a death blow.

Feb 1, 2013

Lawmaker: Require notarized signatures for early voters

Requiring Arizonans to have their signatures notarized to get on the permanent early ballot list or to receive early ballots would help prevent voter fraud, a state lawmaker contends.

A sign outside Maricopa County Recorder’s Office tabulation center. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Natasha Khan)
Jan 31, 2013

Lawmakers: Election day voter registration would boost participation

Democratic lawmakers say allowing voters to register and cast ballots on the same day would increase election participation, but some county officials worry that it would further complicate the voting process.

Arizona minority and Democratic groups plan to watch the watchers
Nov 2, 2012

Watching the watchers

As Verify the Vote AZ prepares for its Election Day vote-watching operation, the Arizona Democratic Party is also readying its troops and planning to post election protection teams at polling sites to watch the watchers.