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Hobbs learns Sharpie ballot rumor, like marker’s ink, is hard to erase

Voter intimidation, Russian hacking, stolen ballots and, now, Sharpies. The popular marker has been cited in social media claims as part of a clever strategy to invalidate ballots by using Sharpies, because their ink reportedly cannot be detected by ballot scanning machines. That claim has since been picked up by at least two Arizona elected

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Is ‘wave’ permanent? That’s a political question, not a hairstyle

Democrats made impressive inroads in Arizona on Election Day, but experts say it may be too early to determine whether the voting was a “blue wave” – or just “blue-ish.” Early returns showed narrow wins in Arizona for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Senate hopeful Mark Kelly, House challenger Hiral Tipirneni and numerous Maricopa County

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Claim that Sharpie pens ruin Arizona ballots misses the mark

As states across the U.S. release vote totals for the presidential election, some social media users are falsely claiming that ballots are being invalidated in Arizona. The supposed culprit: Sharpie markers. In what’s come to be known as #Sharpiegate, social media posts suggest that election officials in Maricopa County provided voters with Sharpie pens, which

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Could Lack of Voting Centers in Maricopa County Cause Election Day Complications?

With voter turnout on pace to break records and voting behavior changing from previous years, we analyzed what could be expected for Election Day in Maricopa County. We utilized data as of Wednesday (October 21st) at 5pm and assembled two maps that detail the following: 1) A map of registered Election Day voters that have not requested

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Report: Arizona had highest ‘housing loss’ rate; more evictions coming

Arizona had the highest rate of “housing loss” in the nation, according to a new national study, and that was before what experts called a “tsunami of evictions” that is expected to hit this fall. The report by New America Foundation looked at evictions and foreclosures by county across the country and found Arizona was

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