State of Arizona

Arizona Counties Election Administration Challenge

Strong Communities of Arizona v. Yavapai County

Lawsuit filed by former President Donald Trump advisor Stephen Miller’s right-wing legal group on behalf of Strong Communities Foundation of Arizona, Inc. and residents of Coconino, Maricopa and Yavapai Counties against county election officials challenging these counties’ election administration procedures. The plaintiffs argue all three counties have violated numerous state laws and regulations concerning signature verification, voter registration cancellations, and drop boxes. The plaintiffs allege that Maricopa County specifically violated state laws related to ballot reconciliation, chain of custody, and software signature verification.

The plaintiffs also allege that Maricopa County has allowed voters to cast ballots at illegal voting centers that are heavily distributed across Black and Hispanic neighborhoods, putting white and Native American voters at a disadvantage. The plaintiffs are seeking an injunction from the court to require the counties to revise their election administration procedures to comply with state law.

Previously, the plaintiffs in this lawsuit filed an almost identical lawsuit in Maricopa County, Strong Communities of Arizona v. Maricopa County, but voluntarily dismissed their case.

Pro-voting groups filed a motion to intervene in the case to defend Arizona’s election administration procedures.

STATUS: On May 1, the Arizona Court of Appeals paused the case in the trial court.

Case Documents

Case Documents (Arizona Court of Appeals)

Case Documents (Arizona SUpreme Court)

Last updated: