9 states where the rules for voting have been changed or challenged ahead of 2020

The 2016 election proved that every vote counts. Now states that may be crucial in 2020 have passed or proposed measures that change the rules for voting.

Story by Omar Abdel-Baqui, NBC News

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With 2020 Looming, Parties Fight State by State Over Voting Access

PHOENIX — After a record turnout in November swept Democrats into several key federal and state offices in Arizona, the Republicans who have dominated the Statehouse for a decade did two things: They raised the specter of election fraud. And they proposed a sheaf of bills to tighten the rules for registering to vote and for casting ballots.

Story by Michael Wines, New York Times

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Arizona Bill To Remove People From Early Voting List Advances

Republican lawmakers are moving to effectively strip the word "permanent'' from the laws that allow Arizona voters to enroll in the permanent early voting list.

Story by Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

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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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