AZ Federal Court Deals Crushing Blow to Lawsuit Aimed at Protecting 2020 Initiative Measures

On December 16, 2019 the Arizona Federal District Court issued an order dismissing First and Fourteenth Amendment challenges to Arizona’s initiative petition “strikeout” law and declined to enter a preliminary injunction enjoining the law. Thus the “strikeout” law will likely remain in play for the 2020 election cycle and continue to act as the principalRead moreRead more

The “Democracy and Accountability Initiative” Might Just Undermine Democracy

A newly-filed initiative measure will be pitched as a effort to reign in alleged self-dealing by lawmakers and empower voters to have a greater voice in Arizona affairs. But the effect on election officials likely will never get mentioned. Make no mistake about it: the Democracy and Accountability Act will wreak havoc on election administrationRead moreRead more

The New Primary Election Date Is . . . Unconstitutional?

According to a recent ruling from the Maricopa County Superior Court, it is unconstitutional to amend any word or phrase in any statute that is deemed to be incorporated into the Citizens Clean Elections Act—a public funding scheme for participating statewide and legislative candidates. A similar ruling could doom the new primary election date.