Senate bill would outlaw dropping off early ballots on Election Day

PHOENIX – The Arizona Senate is considering a measure that would prohibit early voters from dropping off their mail-in ballots on Election Day, a move advocates say would simplify elections and opponents say would hamper voter rights.

Story by Kelsey Mo, Cronkite News 

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Arizona Legislators Launch Dueling Proposals on Voting Rights and Elections

A battle is underway for the future of voting rights in Arizona, featuring liberal lawmakers who want to expand voting opportunities fighting with conservatives who seek to add new restrictions.

Story by Joseph Flaherty, Phoenix New Times

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Rep. Salman: AZ Constitution needs amendment to protect right to vote

Rep. Athena Salman, D-Tempe, will introduce legislation to amend the Arizona Constitution and add a section to explicitly state the right to vote is a fundamental right, she said during a press conference Thursday.

Story by Laura Gómez, Arizona Mirror

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Ugenti-Rita seeks new limits on early voting

Republican complaints and suspicions about the 2018 election may fuel new restrictions on early voting in Arizona.

Story by Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror

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Lawmaker introduces new proposal to revamp Independent Redistricting Commission

A Republican lawmaker is reviving an effort to change the makeup of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission, the body responsible for redrawing the state’s legislative and congressional district maps once a decade.

Story by Ben Giles, Arizona Capitol Times

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Supreme Court upholds lower-court ruling on ‘strict compliance’

A new law making it harder for voters to put their own measures on the ballot will remain on the books, at least for now.

Story by Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

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Update: Phoenix City Council to Delay Vote on $230 Million Suns Arena Renovations

The Phoenix City Council's upcoming vote on whether to shell out $150 million to renovate Talking Stick Resort Arena is a big deal, even if you don't give a hoot about sports.

Story by Steven Hsieh, Phoenix New Times

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Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of ‘strict compliance’ law for initiatives

The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to a 2017 lawrequiring citizen initiative campaigns to strictly comply with statutory requirements. Previously, the courts had imposed a lesser standard of substantial compliance, meaning initiatives wouldn’t be barred from the ballot over minor defects on issues such as the format of petitions or the information that voters must provide when they sign them.

Story by Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror

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AZ Court Tosses Bill to Dilute Clean Elections Commission

A state judge has overturned an effort by the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature to dilute the powers of the state's Clean Elections Commission. 

Story by Mark Richardson, Public News Service

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Judge voids key pieces of Arizona law gutting campaign finance rules

A judge has ruled that Arizona lawmakers violated the state Constitution on multiple fronts when they passed a sweeping overhaul of campaign-finance laws in 2016.

Story by Dustin Gardiner, Arizona Republic

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‘Contagion’: After Midterms, GOP Steps Up National Effort To Limit Voting Rights

The 2018 midterm elections were heralded as a triumph for democracy itself, with record numbers of voters turning out to the polls and, in multiple states, passing measures to expand voting access.

Story by Allegra Kirkland, Talking Points Memo

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Big Victory for Clean Elections vs. Corruption

Back in 2016, the Legislature passed S.B. 1516, a new campaign finance law designed to handcuff the Clean Elections Commission and to open up huge new loopholes for unlimited corporate contributions to candidates. 

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Judge strikes down campaign finance provisions

A Maricopa County judge has struck down several provisions of a 2016 top-to-bottom rewrite of Arizona’s campaign finance laws, including one that allowed the Arizona Democratic Party to spend millions of dollars helping Katie Hobbs win the race for secretary of state.

Story by Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror

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It shouldn't take weeks to figure out who won Arizona elections. Here's a better way

As this year’s routine ballot-counting process went on, some politicians began spinning wild conspiracy theories or trying to turn the process into yet another partisan issue. This is all dangerous to our democracy, especially if it becomes yet another excuse to chip away at our fundamental right to vote.

Op-Ed by Joel Edman, Arizona Republic

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Hobbs rebukes Howard Dean over unfounded election ‘cheating’ allegation

Incoming Secretary of State Katie Hobbs took former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean to task on Twitter after he made a baseless suggestion that GOP “cheating” kept Maricopa County a Republican stronghold until a Democrat became county recorder in 2016.

Story by Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror

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