Congressional COVID-19 Relief Bill Would Nationalize Ballot Harvesting

Late last night, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced an emergency supplemental appropriations bill entitled the “Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act” to address the COVID-19 crisis. Interspersed among various health and economic stabilization measures, however, are several election-related mandates that would override state and local control of elections.  These include requirementsRead moreRead more

UPDATED: Filing Candidate Nomination Petitions at the Secretary of State’s Office

UPDATED: this post has been eclipsed by ever-changing circumstances.  Follow the post at for updated information. Last week the Secretary of State’s Office notified federal, state, and legislative candidates of the option to file their nomination petition signatures by certified mail.  According to an email from the Elections Division, the new filing procedure reflectsRead moreRead more

Are You Really Precluded from Voting a New Ballot if your Presidential Candidate Drops Out?

Early voting for the Presidential Preference Election (PPE) in Arizona began on February 19, 2020, but it seems as if Democratic candidates are suspending their campaigns by the day.  Some election officials have recently announced that you cannot cast a new ballot if your preferred candidate recently dropped out, indicating that your only remedy mightRead moreRead more

2020 Candidate Signature Thresholds Posted

The Secretary of State yesterday posted the minimum nomination petition signature thresholds for federal, statewide, and legislative candidates:                                

Arizona Nixes Requirement for Spanish Language Voting Materials

Last week the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that Arizona allegedly violated the Voting Rights Act based, at least in part, on evidence that Hispanic voters have faced language-based barriers in the electoral process.  The appellate court’s decision should prompt a fresh look at the newly-approved Election Procedures Manual, which for the first timeRead moreRead more

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.