Show Us the Money!

Money in politics. It’s been a hot topic since 1758 when George Washington spent nearly all of his campaign budget on booze to win over voters on Election Day. Ever since, our country has debated the role of money in politics and how it impacts our elections. Since we won’t settle that argument anytime soon, …

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Open and Transparent Environment Inspires Confidence

It’s been another interesting week in the Secretary of State’s office as our staff began processing referenda petitions to stop implementation of SB1431, a law passed by the legislature to expand school vouchers. The Secretary of State’s Office is the the filing office for these kinds of petitions. When they come in, it’s our job …

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Another Request from the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity

Three weeks ago, I received a request for confidential information contained within Arizona’s voter registration database from the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. At the time I was concerned how the Commission stated they would make personal identifying data within the voter file public, which is expressly prohibited under state statute. Combined with little information …

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Making Arizona Elections Cyber-Safe

France’s Presidential election is in the rearview mirror and once again a sovereign country’s election was interfered with by outside agents. The Arizona Republic editorial board printed a column about this new-age espionage while reminding us that states and countries must be prepared to defend against cyberattacks. Arizona is no exception. In June 2016 our …

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