secretary of state

Biden, Trump, presidency, Arizona
Sep 28, 2023

Biden targeting Trump’s ‘extremist movement’ as he makes democracy a touchtone in reelection bid

President Joe Biden is arguing that "there is something dangerous happening in America" as he revives his warnings that Donald Trump and his allies represent an existential threat to the country's democratic institutions.

Hobbs, Trump, director nominations, Senate
Sep 14, 2023

Hobbs says state officials don’t have unilateral right to keep Trump off ballot

Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs said neither she -- nor any other state official -- has the unilateral right to keep Donald Trump off the ballot for the state's presidential preference primary based on the 14th Amendment.

Aug 15, 2023

Petersen threatens lawsuit if state elections manual not revised

The top Senate Republican in Arizona is threatening litigation against Secretary of State Adrian Fontes over a proposed elections manual.  

social media, Hobbs, investigation, Twitter, Facebook
Aug 11, 2023

House panel to examine Hobbs’ social media conduct as Secretary of State 

A legislative panel is meeting next month to investigate the social media conduct of executive officials including Gov. Katie Hobbs before she was elected as governor.  

Fontes, secretary of state, elections procedure manual, Republicans
Aug 10, 2023

Fontes rejects extending election manual comment period 

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes doesn’t plan to agree to a request from Republican lawmakers to extend a public comment period for a draft of the state’s election’s procedure guide. 

Lake, Finchem, sanctions, attorney
Aug 1, 2023

Finchem drops bid to overturn election results for SOS

Concluding there's probably no legal path to victory, Mark Finchem is dropping his bid to overturn the 2022 race for secretary of state.

Finchem, Lake, Senate, House, Secretary of State, 2024 primary
Jul 26, 2023

Finchem aims to get reelected to Legislature after losing SOS election

Rebuffed in his bid to become secretary of state, Mark Finchem now wants to go back to the Legislature.

Cochise County, Arizona Court of Appeals
Jul 18, 2023

Court considers Cochise County’s claim supervisors had authority to do full hand count of ballots

The Arizona Court of Appeals considered Cochise County’s claim that the board of supervisors did in fact have the authority to conduct a full hand count of ballots in the 2022 election, contrary to an earlier trial court ruling barring them from doing so.

sanctions, Lake, Finchem, frivolous lawsuit
Jul 14, 2023

Constitutional attorney will have to pay some of sanctions tied to Lake and Finchem’s lawsuit

Famed constitutional attorney Alan Dershowitz will have to pay a share of the sanctions imposed on the lawyers who brought what a trial judge called a frivolous lawsuit on behalf of failed candidates Kari Lake and Mark Finchem.

Lake, appeal, governor, Hobbs, election
Jun 12, 2023

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office files motion to ‘protect’ Lake and her attorneys from liability

In a public records lawsuit over access to ballot affidavit envelopes, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and attorneys for failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake are sparring over whether an exhibit showing a voter’s signature should be sealed by the court.

election equipment, Borrelli, Twitter, resolution, secretary of state
May 22, 2023

Toothless resolution on elections equipment flagged for supervisors

Senate Majority Leader Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, reminded county boards of supervisors on Monday that the Legislature passed an amendment on elections equipment back in April, but the resolution doesn’t have the power of a law and can’t be upheld.

May 22, 2023

Hobbs rejects 2 GOP election bills

Gov. Katie Hobbs on Friday vetoed two measures which directly relate to the issues now being raised as her election is being challenged.