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Arizona Elections Manual Bill Heads To Gov. Ducey's Desk

Gov. Doug Ducey is likely to sign a bill that forces the Arizona secretary of state to regularly update Arizona’s election manual.

House Bill 2238 says the secretary of state must update the manual every election cycle.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports former Secretary of State Michelle Reagan failed to do so in 2016, and the guidebook she submitted in 2018 was filled with errors detected by county recorders.

According to the bill, the manual must be issued to election officials no later than Dec. 31 of each odd-numbered year immediately preceding the general election.

The bill was sponsored by Republican Rep. Kelly Townsend and is supported by Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.