AZ Advocacy in the News

Arizona Advocacy is engaged in the most pressing issues facing our democracy:


“Why is there this obsession with keeping this information out of the hands of voters?”

Arizona agencies feud over policing 'dark money' groups; voters could be the losers

Arizona Republic, September 15, 2017


Arizona Advocacy Network Executive Director Joel Edman said it’s still "six too many."

6 Arizonans object to Trump's voter fraud panel, cancel their registration

Arizona Capitol Times, August 4, 2017



Lawsuit Against Initiative Law

PBS' Arizona Horizon, July 13, 2017


Trial on citizen initiative restrictions gets underway

Arizona Capitol Times, July 12, 2017


The Rise and Fall of Public Funding in Arizona, June 8, 2017


Phoenix hasn't fixed toothless lobbying law

Arizona Republic, May 9, 2017


"[W]e should strengthen Clean Elections so that candidates with broad community support can have the resources necessary to run and win office, free of the influence of special interest cash."

My Turn: Stop the lies about Clean Elections

Arizona Republic, April 17, 2017


Joel Edman, executive director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, says these bills would make it a lot harder for citizens to get measures on the ballot.

Battle Over Citizen Initiatives Continues at State Capitol

KJZZ, March 30, 2017


 Kwok: Will someone sue over ballot initiative reform?

Arizona Republic, March 30, 2017


The Arizona Advocacy Network, in a statement, said the change could "change the rules so that even the most inconsequential and honest mistakes would lead to voters’ signatures being tossed out."

Late-arriving bills aim to tighten Arizona ballot-initiative rules even more

Arizona Republic, March 27, 2017



 Arizona Bills Limit Citizens' Right to Make Laws

Sunday Square Off - KPNX, February 26, 2017


"If lawmakers really were sincere about changing the way petition signatures are gathered, they would apply it to themselves, Doris Marie Provine of the Arizona Advocacy Network told lawmakers earlier in the week."

Arizona House passes bills to restrict citizen initiatives

Arizona Republic, February 23, 2017


My Turn: The continued undermining of Arizona voters' rights

Arizona Republic, February 21, 2017


Politics Unplugged - 3TV, February 12, 2017


Bills to reform voters initiatives heard at Capitol today

Public News Service, February 9, 2017


The Legislature vs. The People: A raft of bills would make Arizona's initiative process more difficult

Arizona Capitol Times, February 3, 2017


How the wrong letterhead exposed Phoenix's toothless lobbying rules

Arizona Republic, January 31, 2017

"Edman said if lobbyists aren't required to be transparent about their clients and activity, there's no way for voters to know who is affecting decisions at City Hall. He said the city needs an enforcement mechanism so the ordinance is taken seriously."


Advocate says bill would prevent students from voting in Arizona

Arizona Capitol Times, January 16th, 2017


Whose democracy?

The Daily Californian, November 10th


Phoenix rising after early glitches

The Washington Post, November 8th


Arizona student partly disenfranchised by proof-of-citizenship law

Think Progress, Tuesday, November 8th


What Kind Of Calls Are Election Hotlines Getting?

KJZZ, Tuesday, November 8th


Study: Number of Arizona polling places has fallen sharply since 2012

Arizona Capitol Times, Monday, November 7th


‘We are not ready’: Arizona voters warn Election Day could be worse than primary fiasco

Think Progress, Saturday, November 5th


Voting Rights Advocates Address Potential Voter Intimidation On Election Day

KJZZ, Friday, November 4th


With High Numbers Of Newly Registered Voters, Are Polls Ready For Election Day?

KJZZ, Thursday, November 3rd


It’s Never Been More Important to Protect the Right to Vote

The Nation, Thursday, November 3rd


The four legal battles that could decide the Arizona election

Think Progress, Thursday, November 3rd


Opinion: Agency supports healthy working family initiative

Queen Creek independent, Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Samantha Pstross: Agency supports healthy working family initiative

Mesa Independent, Sunday, October 30, 2016


Immigrants & Elections #2 – Barriers to the Ballot

94.1 KPFA, Friday, October 28, 2016


Maricopa County election officials: Voter intimidation won't be tolerated on Election Day

ABC 15 Arizona, Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Vote early in Arizona, or bring a folding chair

Arizona Republic, Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Local leaders: Volunteers will monitor Arizona polling sites

Associated Press, Monday, October 17, 2016

"This year has been a disaster in Arizona. We have had problem after problem after problem.”


Inaccurate ballot guides frustrate Tempe voters

The State Press, Sunday, October 16, 2016


Tempe Polling Place Plan Draws Criticism

KJZZ, Friday, October 7, 2016


Fitness complex approved as ASU's first Tempe on-campus polling place

Arizona Republic, Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Maricopa County: Materials mailed in two Tempe precincts list wrong polling place

ABC 15 Arizona, Friday, September 30, 2016

“If we want a truly representative democracy then every eligible voter needs to be able to vote, and they need to have the right information. They need to vote informed and they need to have access to the polls."


HB2023 throws a monkey wrench into the election system

Arizona Capitol Times, Thursday, September 29, 2016


"Voters Advocacy Group Concerned About Less-Than-Smooth Arizona Primary"

KJZZ, Friday, September 2, 2016


"Fitness complex approved as ASU's first Tempe on-campus polling place"

Arizona Republic, Thursday, September 1, 2016

"Voting is the soul of our democracy and now more students will be able to vote."


interview.JPG"Who let the dogs out: Crew faces feral canines, other foibles on primary election day"

Cronkite News, Tuesday, August 30, 2016

“Our top priority is just to make sure things are running smoothly, help voters, and make sure that our election process is protected.” 


"August 30 Primary Will Be First With New 'Ballot Harvesting' Law"

KJZZ, Monday, August 29, 2016


"‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors:’ Maricopa County Needs Almost 400 Poll Workers Days Before Election"

KJZZ, Friday, August 26, 2016


samandpetra.jpg"Latino activists aim to register 75k new voters in Arizona"

Tucson Sentinel, Thursday, August 18, 2016

 "There’s this fear that if we make elections easier, there will be bigger problems, there will be more fraud. It’s so much easier to pay your bills than in the 1980s and in many ways it's more secure — technology can actually help us be way more secure.”


"'We Cannot Keep People From Voting:' New Commission Works To Improve Arizona Elections"

KJZZ, Tuesday, June 28, 2016




"Groups to form commission on accountability in Arizona elections"

 KTAR News, Thursday, June 23, 2016

 “Voting is the heart of our democracy and when people are not able to vote easily and do not have reasonable access to voting, the result is voter suppression, and that is unacceptable.”





"Phoenix Latino leaders respond to Trump’s Curiel comments"

 Cronkite News, Wednesday, June 8, 2016


"A new elections watchdog in town?" 

The Arizona Republic, Friday, May 13, 2016


"New Commission Aims to Reform Election Procedures in Light of March 22 Mess"

New Times, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"There are many different people to blame for the problems we saw," Samantha Pstross, executive director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, said at the meeting. "But we believe that if there's at least some oversight, then it will drastically reduce voter suppression in Arizona."


 "AZ officials line up to welcome federal lawsuit challenging voter access"

3 TV/, Friday, April 15, 2016


 "Opponents slam “dark money” bill"

Cronkite News, Monday, March 14, 2016


"Rep. Ruben Gallego Calls Out Sen. John McCain for Ignoring Supreme Court Nomination"

Latin Post, Friday, March 11, 2016