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Enhancing Trust in Arizona Elections Post-2022 Midterms

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Monday, January 23, 2023   

Election watchdog groups are taking a closer look at the 2022 midterms and how they influenced voters' overall trust in the election process in Arizona.

One person voting rights' groups are praising is Bill Gates of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Gates said transparency is the key to instilling trust in the election process.

He noted that the Board of Supervisors' communications team has grown from one person in 2020 to more than 15 today. He told participants in a recent webinar that Arizonans are hungry for factual information about elections, and he said he wants to continue putting it out there.

"We understood how important it was to respond to this misinformation," said Gates. "We knew we could never compete with people on social media who have one, two, three, 10 million followers. But what we can do is utilize that sort of structure of government via a press conference."

Gates said election administration has became a top-of-mind issue for Arizonans, as for many Americans. He added that as a Republican, he was saddened to see some Arizona GOP officials and candidates casting doubt on the electoral process.

He said the contradictory information led to unnecessary confusion and frustration on Election Day.

Mindy Finn, founder and CEO of Citizen Data, said her group's exit-polling data found 36% of Arizona voters listed "protecting elections from partisan attempts to overturn results" as one of their top three most important issues.

Finn said it ranked highly along with such hot-topic issues as abortion and immigration. She added that out of five battleground states where Citizen Data polled, Arizona was the state where people valued election protection the most.

"Additionally, 20% of Arizona voters said that preventing a repeat of January 6th was one of their top issues in 2022," said Finn. "So, this is more of a niche issue - and yet 20% of Arizonans, which is in line with several, most, of these other states, said this was a top issue for them."

Citizen Data also found among Republicans and unaffiliated voters in Arizona, those who were considered to be "ticket-splitters" were more likely to say the January 6 insurrection influenced their voting behavior.




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