Arizona’s management of the August 4 primary provides encouraging signs that the state is prepared for the November general election. One of the biggest remaining challenges for the state is to ensure that voters and election workers are educated about, and prepared for, possible last-minute rule-changes resulting from pending litigation.
Arizona Updates and Election News:
10/7/20 - Accessible Voting: Acting on guidance from the Secretary of State, a judge sided with county officials to allow a limited number of voters living in hospitals or with disabilities to exercise their right to vote via video conference. This was litigated because of their increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Given the unusual circumstances of this election, the judge permitted this change on the basis that Arizona law has always allowed for voters with special circumstances to receive additional assistance.
10/7/20 - Voter Registration Deadline: A federal judge has ordered Arizona to extend its voter registration to October 23rd. The judge ruled that because COVID has limited the ability of voter outreach groups to reach large groups of people, the extended deadline is important to ensuring people have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.