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.

Attorney General Secures Guilty Plea For Attempted Double Voting

The Arizona Attorney General announced today that a Pima County man pleaded guilty to attempted double voting in the 2016 general election.

Can You Use Old Campaign Signs That Don’t Comply With New Disclaimer Laws?

Many jurisdictions across Arizona are holding local elections this November, so campaign signs are increasingly common on neighborhood street corners. But if those campaign signs are being reused from past elections, they might not be in compliance with new laws requiring more fulsome advertising disclaimers.

House Subcommittee Holds Arizona Hearing on Election Administration Without Inviting Election Administrators

Today the U.S. House Administration Subcommittee on Elections held a hearing in Phoenix entitled “Voting Rights and Elections Administration in Arizona.”  A recurring topic among the Members of Congress and committee witnesses was the closure of polling places in Arizona following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which invalidated theRead moreRead more

The New Candidate Filing Deadline Will Catch Campaigns By Surprise

In conjunction with moving up the primary election to August 4, 2020, the Legislature passed a bill also moving up the deadline for candidates to file their nomination petition signatures. This earlier deadline will affect all federal, statewide, legislative, and county candidates – and potentially city candidates, depending on local charter provisions. This will probablyRead moreRead more