Voting in Arizona 101

Voting Rights

The right to vote is the most fundamental right in a democracy. Election policies can mean the difference between having that right and not. While many voting rights battles take place at the state legislature, elections officials across the state routinely make decisions that can fundamentally affect the right to vote.

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Voting Centers

Vote centers are an alternative to precinct-based polling locations that allows voters greater choice in where they vote. When a county employs vote centers, voters are able to cast a ballot at any vote center in their county, instead of being limited to the specific polling location assigned to that a voter’s precinct.

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Voter Protection Act

The Voter Protection Act (VPA) is an amendment to the Arizona Constitution that prevents the Legislature or Governor from tampering with laws enacted by voters as ballot initiatives. It prohibits the Governor from vetoing an initiative or referendum measure passed by the voters, and only allows legislators to amend ballot measures via a three-fourths vote in the State House and Senate, and only with amendments that further the purpose of the measure.

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Voting Rights Act Litigation

Despite passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a combination of governmental indolence and bureaucratic indifference continued to impede citizens of language minority groups from participating in elections

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Clean Elections

Clean Election seeks to restore control of Arizona’s government to the people by allowing candidates to run for legislative or statewide office without taking money from lobbyists or special interests. In doing so, Clean Elections makes it easier for ordinary Arizonans, including women and people of color, to run for office and to win.

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Defending Clean Elections

Almost from the moment Arizona voters created Clean Elections, it has been under attack from moneyed interests who can't stand the idea of politicians being accountable to voters rather than money.  In addition to our work defending Clean Elections from legislative attacks, we are ever-vigilant in the media and at the Clean Elections Commission itself.

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Local Reform

Arizona’s cities, towns and counties are often the leaders on democracy reform to ensure all of their constituents have a strong political voice in the community.

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Merit Court Selection

“Merit selection” is the name commonly used to described the method by which judges are selected to serve on the Arizona Supreme Court, two Courts of Appeals, and the Superior Courts in those counties with populations exceeding 250,000 (Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties).

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Non-Merit Selection Courts

There are a number of courts in Arizona that could affect election law. Learn about the types of non-merit courts and their influence on election law.

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Legislative Advocacy

We began the legislative session with a watchful eye on 109 bills affecting our democracy (woah!) and as session slowly-but-surely moved on, our list dwindled down to 12 consequential pieces of legislation - both good and bad that would have a lasting impact on Arizona’s democracy. Below you’ll find our analysis of those bills and what their fate was. 

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