Jen Fifield previously covered Maricopa County and Phoenix for The Arizona Republic, including the high-profile review of the county’s 2020 election. Prior to that, she covered politics and government for local newspapers in Maryland and state policy for Stateline, a news service run by The Pew Charitable Trusts. She has won several regional press awards in Arizona and Maryland for her investigative, feature, politics and education reporting. Jen is a Phoenix native and graduated from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School.
Even the Democratic secretary of state is a fan of Republican Sen. Ken Bennett’s bill to release digital images of cast ballots to the public.
Why Arizona’s attorney general is suing Cochise County for giving its recorder control over elections
Attorney General Kris Mayes calls the plan to empower election skeptic David Stevens an “unqualified handover.”
David Stevens, recorder of the southern Arizona county, will appoint the permanent elections director and take control of vote counting.
Maricopa County team includes retired Arizona Supreme Court justice, elections technology expert, and printer expert.
Election Integrity Unit’s latest pivot has both sides in Arizona questioning whether it should exist at all
Under Attorney General Brnovich, Democrats called out the political agenda of the “election fraud unit.” Now, under Mayes, Republicans are saying the same.
Recorder David Stevens — a close ally to Mark Finchem — pursued the county’s illegal plan to hand count midterm ballots and stands to take more control of elections there.
Elections director was “sanity in a storm” during Cochise County’s hand-count fight. Now she’s leaving.
Lisa Marra, who refused to cooperate with Republican officials’ illegal hand-count plan, describes a threatening work environment in letter to county.
Gov. Hobbs says last year’s problems, from equipment errors to the politics of certifying results, could provide a guide for improvements in 2023.
Mistakes uncovered by recount indicate Virginia Ross either did not catch errors or failed to disclose them before results were certified.
Some ballot images printed too small in Maricopa County. But county officials say that doesn’t mean voters were disenfranchised.
Much of Hamadeh’s election challenge advances to trial while courts swiftly dismiss nearly all of Lake’s and Finchem’s claims.
Votebeat analysis finds the county’s heavier paper combined with high voter turnout likely pushed aging printers past their limits.
The midterms are far from over.
In Maricopa County, residents lash out at supervisors and dismiss explanations of Election Day problems. In Cochise, supervisors postpone certification again.
Two counties have postponed until the last minute, but election lawyers say the courts will force the certification by the deadline no matter what.
The Republican supervisors are asking a judge to compel the elections director to expand the hand count audit of ballots in the midterm election.
Maricopa County is researching these provisional ballots from voters who left an original location and tried to vote elsewhere.
The fullest explanation the county has made so far about what went wrong.
When the machine wouldn’t take the ballot, voters were told to place their ballots into a slot on a secure box, which the county has labeled “door 3.”
Maricopa County found a solution to its ballot-tabulating problem. Unscanned votes will still be counted.
Republicans sued to keep vote centers open late, but a judge said there was no evidence voters were disenfranchised.
Ruling caps month-long spectacle marked by confusing proposals from Republican officials, warnings from the state, and arguments from lawyers who defended Cyber Ninjas.
Navajo voters in one Arizona County see their ballots rejected more frequently. Here’s what would fix that.
Advocates want Apache County to create vote centers where anyone can cast a ballot instead of using precinct-based voting.
Clean Elections USA is trying to mobilize thousands of volunteers to collect evidence for True the Vote and a conservative sheriffs’ group, internal communications show.
Facing state’s threat of lawsuit, county supervisors voted instead to expand its hand-count audit as allowed under Arizona law.
Republican supervisors, defying county attorney, intend to vote on plan next week.
Up to 1,000 Arizona voters were mistakenly sent ballots with only federal races. Here’s why and what’s next.
Counties are mailing out correct ballots and are contacting affected voters to help them cast the right one, even if they already sent a vote in.
Wordy ballot measures are printed in 8-point type to keep the ballot on a single page.
Cochise County board’s two Republicans seek emergency vote, against attorney’s advice, on manual vote tally for November election.
Cochise County officials consider plan for manually tallying votes in November — a method that produces inaccurate results and takes much longer, research shows.