Ambiguity in New “Statement of Interest” Requirement May Boot A Candidate off the Ballot

Candidates may think that filing a “statement of interest” by January 2, 2020 renders all their prior nomination petition signatures immune from challenge. Candidates should think twice about that.

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

3 Things to Watch Ahead of Today’s Presidential Filing Deadline

The deadline to file as a presidential candidate in Arizona is today. Here are 3 things to watch as the 5 p.m. deadline approaches.

GRRC Tackles Key Clean Elections Regulation Today

Today the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) will consider whether the Citizen’s Clean Elections Commission (CCEC) has sufficiently curtailed its regulations in reaction to Proposition 306 passed by voters last year. If the preliminary sessions leading up to today’s vote are any indication, there will continue to be disagreement over CCEC’s role in campaign finance.

Passing Election Procedures Manual to GRRC Is a Solution In Search of a Problem

A well-intentioned bill has been introduced in the Arizona Senate to ensure the Secretary of State’s Election Procedures Manual does not stray from statute.  But injecting the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council into the Manual’s review and approval process might be a cure worse than the disease.

Maricopa County’s Election Equipment Up for Critical Test Today

Today, for perhaps the first time ever, the Maricopa County Elections Department will have its voting equipment tested by the Secretary of State’s Equipment Certification Advisory Committee. Neither the County nor its new equipment vendor have any experience surviving this gauntlet. There are some thorny legal issues if the equipment doesn’t pass.