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

Judge Blocks CA Law Requiring Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns – How Does Arizona Compare?

A federal district court judge in California tentatively ruled yesterday that California may not require a presidential candidate to disclose his or her tax returns to the California Secretary of State as a condition of gaining ballot access to run in the state’s presidential primary election. In stark contrast, Arizona has shown little appetite toRead moreRead more

Election Contest Clouds Peoria City Council Race

On September 4th, a write-in candidate for the Peoria City Council filed an election contest in Maricopa County Superior Court against Denette Dunn, the winner of a special primary election to fill the seat. Based on the pleadings, it does not appear this election contest has much legs.

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