Ohio's Voter Purge is Headed to the Supreme Court

Ahead of last November’s election, tens of thousands of registered voters were removed from Ohio’s official voter list as part of the state’s routine voter purge. 

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Reading List: What’s the Matter with Wisconsin?

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case with the potential to monumentally impact the practice of partisan gerrymandering for decades to come.

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Why is Rep. Bob Thorpe So Obsessed With Disenfranchising Students?

Representative Bob Thorpe wants to teach Arizona's college students a history lesson. At least that's the only charitable spin we can put on his plan to single out college students for disenfranchisement. If Thorpe gets his way, students won't be able to vote in the elections that affect them most, in the communities where they live. 

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What’s So Special About Special Elections?

In the event an elected office becomes vacant (most often due to an incumbent’s death or resignation), in many cases an election is held to fill the vacancy.

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2017 Legislative Report

Disenfranchising college students who live on campus. Ending Clean Elections. Picking judges in partisan elections. These were some of the many terrible ideas for our democracy that were proposed during this year's legislative session. 

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New Analysis Shows Gerrymandering Gives Republicans a Large Advantage in U.S. House

Most of us remember the 2010 elections as when Republicans won control of the U.S. House. A new analysis from the Brennan Center suggests that year's state-level elections had even longer-lasting electoral effects on Congress, helping Republicans to cement their House majority for the remainder of the decade. 

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We're Suing to Protect Voter Initiatives & Independent Courts

As you know, one of this year's biggest battles at the state capitol was against attacks on citizen initiatives. Of all the new rules Governor Ducey and the legislature imposed this year, perhaps the most dangerous is telling courts they have to apply a "strict compliance" standard to initiatives. Simply put, "strict compliance" means tossing out qualified initiatives based on minor technicalities

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Tempe Charter Update: You Won!

We told you last week that Governor Ducey was blocking new campaign contribution limits in Tempe, despite those limits being approved by over 88% of Tempe voters. Well you responded, and YOU WON. 

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Lobbyists can break Phoenix rules without any penalty -- and the City Council has done nothing to stop it

More than three months after Phoenix realized it could not enforce its regulations for lobbyists seeking to influence decisions at City Hall, city leaders have yet to fix the problem.

Story by Dustin Gardiner and Rob O'Dell

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My Turn: Stop the lies about Clean Elections

Voters approved the Arizona Clean Elections Act in 1998 because they were tired of the pay-to-play culture that permeated the Legislature and wanted politicians to be more accountable to them.

Op-ed by Joel Edman, AZAN Executive Director

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GOP Chair Celebrates Politicians Weakening Your Voice

Governor Doug Ducey signed HB 2244 into law yesterday afternoon, meaning courts will now be required courts to impose a “strict compliance” standard for all initiative measures.

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Kwok: Will someone sue over ballot initiative reform?

Republican lawmakers continue taking swings at the citizen-initiative process to solve problems that largely do not exist — or at the very least, that they have not amply demonstrated.

The question is, will someone sue them over it?

Editorial by Abe Kwok, Arizona Republic

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Battle Over Citizen Initiatives Continues At State Capitol

The battle over citizen initiatives is continuing at the state Capitol today. Ever since voters approved a minimum-wage increase in November, Republican lawmakers have been pushing changes to the initiative process.

Story by Lauren Gilger, KJZZ

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Late-arriving bill aims to tighten Arizona ballot-initiative rules even more

When Gov. Doug Ducey last week signed a bill that will make citizen initiatives more difficult, opponents said they weren't done fighting.

Story by Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic

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AZ Chamber Wants to Take ANOTHER Bite Out of Our Rights

As you may have seen, Governor Doug Ducey wasted no time in signing into law HB 2404, the Arizona Chamber’s effort to make ballot measures costlier. This was a defeat for democracy, and there’s no pretending otherwise.

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