Examining the Ease of Voting in Arizona

There is a tension “between safeguarding the integrity of the vote and ensuring broad participation,” but it is larger structural forces – economic development, history, culture – that seem to determine the level of election turnout and fraud. At the same time, small procedural changes can increase participation somewhat or effectively disenfranchise some of the population. Given America’s rocky path toward democracy, including widespread voter suppression, electoral rules understandably remain under a microscope.

In this report, Postdoctoral Research Scholar Benedikt Springer examines the history of voting-related laws in Arizona and their effects.