Maricopa County knew its voter signature review would be scrutinized. Here’s how it tried to improve before 2022.
After 2020, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer increased training for workers who review voter signatures, added an audit step in the process, and put more people on the job.
Why Arizona’s attorney general is suing Cochise County for giving its recorder control over elections
Attorney General Kris Mayes calls the plan to empower election skeptic David Stevens an “unqualified handover.”
David Stevens, recorder of the southern Arizona county, will appoint the permanent elections director and take control of vote counting.
Maricopa County team includes retired Arizona Supreme Court justice, elections technology expert, and printer expert.
Election Integrity Unit’s latest pivot has both sides in Arizona questioning whether it should exist at all
Under Attorney General Brnovich, Democrats called out the political agenda of the “election fraud unit.” Now, under Mayes, Republicans are saying the same.
Recorder David Stevens — a close ally to Mark Finchem — pursued the county’s illegal plan to hand count midterm ballots and stands to take more control of elections there.
Elections director was “sanity in a storm” during Cochise County’s hand-count fight. Now she’s leaving.
Lisa Marra, who refused to cooperate with Republican officials’ illegal hand-count plan, describes a threatening work environment in letter to county.
Gov. Hobbs says last year’s problems, from equipment errors to the politics of certifying results, could provide a guide for improvements in 2023.
Mistakes uncovered by recount indicate Virginia Ross either did not catch errors or failed to disclose them before results were certified.
Officials blame “human error” for a discrepancy of 507 votes in the county’s new total for the razor-thin attorney general race.
Some ballot images printed too small in Maricopa County. But county officials say that doesn’t mean voters were disenfranchised.
Much of Hamadeh’s election challenge advances to trial while courts swiftly dismiss nearly all of Lake’s and Finchem’s claims.
Votebeat analysis finds the county’s heavier paper combined with high voter turnout likely pushed aging printers past their limits.
The midterms are far from over.
In Maricopa County, residents lash out at supervisors and dismiss explanations of Election Day problems. In Cochise, supervisors postpone certification again.
Two counties have postponed until the last minute, but election lawyers say the courts will force the certification by the deadline no matter what.
The Republican supervisors are asking a judge to compel the elections director to expand the hand count audit of ballots in the midterm election.
Maricopa County is researching these provisional ballots from voters who left an original location and tried to vote elsewhere.
The fullest explanation the county has made so far about what went wrong.
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When the machine wouldn’t take the ballot, voters were told to place their ballots into a slot on a secure box, which the county has labeled “door 3.”
Maricopa County found a solution to its ballot-tabulating problem. Unscanned votes will still be counted.
Republicans sued to keep vote centers open late, but a judge said there was no evidence voters were disenfranchised.
Ruling caps month-long spectacle marked by confusing proposals from Republican officials, warnings from the state, and arguments from lawyers who defended Cyber Ninjas.
Navajo voters in one Arizona County see their ballots rejected more frequently. Here’s what would fix that.
Advocates want Apache County to create vote centers where anyone can cast a ballot instead of using precinct-based voting.
Clean Elections USA is trying to mobilize thousands of volunteers to collect evidence for True the Vote and a conservative sheriffs’ group, internal communications show.
Facing state’s threat of lawsuit, county supervisors voted instead to expand its hand-count audit as allowed under Arizona law.
Republican supervisors, defying county attorney, intend to vote on plan next week.
Up to 1,000 Arizona voters were mistakenly sent ballots with only federal races. Here’s why and what’s next.
Counties are mailing out correct ballots and are contacting affected voters to help them cast the right one, even if they already sent a vote in.
Wordy ballot measures are printed in 8-point type to keep the ballot on a single page.
Cochise County board’s two Republicans seek emergency vote, against attorney’s advice, on manual vote tally for November election.
Cochise County officials consider plan for manually tallying votes in November — a method that produces inaccurate results and takes much longer, research shows.
Here’s how to get ready to vote in the 2022 midterms in Arizona — from registration deadlines to requesting mail ballots to voting in person.
In some Republican-heavy counties like Yavapai and Yuma, voting via drop box this year actually increased from past primaries.
Election activists are seeking the “cast vote record” from 2020. Here’s what it is and why they want it.
The obscure document produced by some ballot tabulators won’t prove the fraud activists think it will, experts say.
How the county’s “lean” investment in a neglected office led to an overstretched staff, ballot debacles, and disenfranchised voters.
The Maricopa County recorder channels his energy — and lots of Diet Coke — into defending his elections and answering his critics.
“Many were very surprised to learn they were allegedly deceased,” Brnovich writes in his conclusion to probe of Cyber Ninjas’ claims.
Amid election official turnover and staff shortages in Arizona, experts worry elections “could get a little chaotic.”
Skeptics get chance to scrutinize voting system up close, but few show up.
Gov. Ducey signs bill — similar to one he previously vetoed — that changes basis for canceling voter registrations.
New pens, new envelopes, more vote centers, earlier counting, and more.
Counties are taking new measures to prevent observers and poll workers from disrupting voting.
Sweeping election bills failed, but Legislature revives two ideas as scaled-back programs.
Nine in ten Arizona voters take advantage of the state’s no-excuse early voting and vote-by-mail system, now under threat by the same party that created it.
Yavapai County voted overwhelmingly for Trump, and most voters there used ballot drop boxes. “2000 Mules” is energizing the movement to ban them.
Arizona election officials prep for surge in in-person voting during August primary. The state has had mail voting for decades.
Covering the “audit” of the 2020 election was the most important work of my career. I want to keep informing voters.
Bill passed with bipartisan support may lead to burdensome number of recounts, add to election costs, and delay final results, experts warn.
Even conservative courts probably won’t treat the law differently than in the past.
Christy McCormick’s history of controversy complicates her apparent involvement in Republicans’ audit messaging.