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One-Third of Arizona Votes Uncounted Two Days After the Election

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Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Protesters are chanting “Count our votes! Count our votes!” in a vigil outside the Maricopa County Recorder’s office they've been holding since Wednesday. At issue are an estimated 600,000 outstanding ballots statewide, representing about a third of the 1.8 million votes cast in Arizona on Tuesday night. The majority of the uncounted votes are in Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa. About a third of these ballots are provisional ones, which are issued when there is a discrepancy in the voter’s polling place or registration information. Promise Arizona, the Latino civic engagement group that organized the vigil in Phoenix, is demanding a transparent count of every vote and an explanation for why so many votes were provisional. Several precincts throughout the county reportedly ran out of provisional ballots, an occurrence unheard of before this election.

Sign the petition: Every Vote Needs to be Counted in Arizona

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Arizona Residents Getting Fired Up to Vote Despite Obstacles

Arizona working families are mobilizing to oust Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Mark Udall is a U.S. senator in Colorado, but he is also an Arizona native and the son of the late Morris K. Udall, a beloved and iconic Arizona senator and 1976 Democratic presidential primary candidate. Sen. Udall toured his home state last Saturday to stump for Richard Carmona, who is running for Arizona’s open Senate seat, and motivate campaign volunteers and staff in what has been a tough, but promising, campaign season for Arizona Democrats.

At the gathering at the coordinated campaign office in north Phoenix, Sen. Udall told the overflowing crowd to ignore pundits and super PACs and focus on getting the vote out for Carmona. He described Carmona’s Republican opponent Rep. Jeff Flake as someone who will “bring ideology to the Senate,” in contrast with Carmona’s pragmatic can-do attitude.

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Arizona: Model State for Voter Suppression

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

The past few weeks have not been kind to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). and it couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of people. Rising GOP superstar and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in furious denial and damage control mode over multiple reports of the striking resemblance of bills he is pushing in his state to ALEC model legislation. A nationwide petition effort by Color of Change to persuade major corporations to drop their support of ALEC appears to be wildly successful, with companies such as Coke, Pepsi, Kraft Foods and others saying adios to the organization.

Color of Change chose ALEC's attacks on the voting rights of minorities as a main issue for its campaign because it is one of the most insidious ways that ALEC achieves its harmful goals. And my state, Arizona, has been at the forefront of ALEC's voter suppression agenda.

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More from Ariz.: 20,000+ Signatures for Jobs, Against Attacks

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

"Act like your job is on the line—focus on good jobs, not attacks on the middle class."

That's the message Arizona working families will deliver to state legislators at the Capitol today at a press conference scheduled for 9 a.m. Representatives of labor and community organizations will be on hand to bring a petition with 20,000-plus signatures "demanding that politicians act like their job is on the line and focus on the economy instead of passing extreme bills that will hurt all of us," according to a media advisory sent out by the Arizona Working Families Coalition. At issue is a package of four Wisconsin-style bills that would strip public-sector workers of many rights and another bill, strongly backed by Gov. Jan Brewer, which would deprive state workers of civil service protections. None of the bills has reached the governor's desk yet and a broad coalition of opponents is keeping the pressure on legislators and the governor's office to defeat them.  

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