An Arizona special election will go forward despite the secretary of state’s office illegally failing to mail publicity pamphlets to more than 200,000 households, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Thursday. The attorney general did not pull any punches and said his office was launching an inquiry into the latest voting debacle in Arizona. “We do believe the secretary of state did violate Arizona law,” he told media. “Unfortunately, there is nothing in the statutes to provide an adequate remedy.” Brnovich said Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office has admitted it violated the law by not mailing pamphlets to more than 200,000 households with multiple voters, but a state law gave his office little recourse to correct the error with just one week to the election.
“We’ve got to get this stuff right,” he said. “I cannot tell you how disappointed and frustrated that I am that, basically, tenets of our law are not being followed by other public officials.”
Chandler attorney Tom Ryan asked Brnovich’s office to reset the special election but the attorney general said it was too late. “We determined that (canceling the election) wasn’t the best course,” he said. “That would ultimately lead to disenfranchising more voters and create more confusion.”