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Maricopa County’s Board of Election Supervisors is calling for the Arizona Senate to reimburse it for the $2.8 million cost of replacing vote-counting machines. Seeking to investigate unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, Republicans in the Arizona Senate had arranged for the machines to be inspected by an organization that was not certified to handle the election equipment. In response to the demands from Maricopa County, the Arizona Senate President has argued that the machines were not damaged or tampered with

The Texas State Senate has approved a new Republican-backed voting law after a fifteen-hour filibuster from State Rep. Carol Alvorado (D-TX District 6) failed to halt its passage. Meanwhile, state law enforcement has been enlisted to call for the return of dozens of Democratic members of the Texas House, who have travelled to D.C. to protest a vote on Republican-backed voting policies in their chamber. The use of law enforcement marks a dramatic ramp up of tactics in the ongoing face-off between the state’s

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid has decertified Fulton County’s voting systems after the thinly populated county submitted to an “audit” from an organization whom Degraffenreid holds was not authorized to examine the voting machines. Fulton County will now almost certainly have to purchase or rent new voting machines for the next election. While Fulton County acceded to pressure from GOP state lawmakers to submit to a “forensic investigation” of their machines, other Pennsylvania counties have refused. Visit Associated Press to learn more. Jimmy Emerson, DVM

 Eric Adams maintains a thin lead in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary, trailed closely by Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley. The NYC Board of Elections stunned the city when it retracted an earlier count as it has struggled to implement a ranked-choice voting system for the first time. Supporters of ranked-choice voting argue that the confusion was the result of human error and not a flaw inherent to the method, itself.   Visit the Associated Press to learn more. Image Credit: Krystalb97 (CC BY-SA 4.0) 

 Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger has announced he will be making public a list of 102,000 names scheduled to be purged from the state’s voter rolls. Voters will have forty days to respond and reactivate their registrations. Voters who do not respond in time will have to register again if they wish to vote. Georgia’s last round of purges in 2019 deregistered over 300,000 voters.  Visit the Associated Press to learn more. Image Credit: Jonathan Schilling (CC BY-SA 3.0)