What it does, what it means


Official nationwide campaigning for the November 8 general election is scheduled for Monday at 10am. It’s not usually a topic of widespread public interest, but controversy over electoral processes and some extremely close results have raised interest.

Here’s what you should know about the event.

What is the national tender?

It is the official determination of election results, concluding with the public announcement of the candidates for federal, state and legislative office with the most votes in the election. It also explains which nominations were accepted.

By law, the national election must take place on the fourth Monday after the election, which is December 5 this year. It summarizes the results of all 15 counties in Arizona.

The districts had until November 28 to collect their votes and send them to the Secretary of State’s office in time to prepare for this exercise.

Can the national election be postponed?

Yes, but according to state law only up to 30 days after the election. This year that would be December 8th.

Who takes part in the election campaign?

The Secretary of State chairs the meeting. The governor and attorney general are required by law to be present at the official review of candidates’ election results.

The Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court must oversee the Secretary’s collection of voting proceeds.

Governor-elect Katie Hobbs is Secretary of State. Governor Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Chief Justice Robert Brutinel are expected.

What actually happens?

The secretary of state signs an official document containing the results of the statewide election of candidates, and then forwards it to the governor to sign as a witness. The Secretary of State does the same for the results of the nationwide voting measures and then forwards this document to the Chief Justice to be signed as a witness.

The Office of the Secretary of State has posted online a video of campaigning for the 2020 general election. It’s a longer process than previous years as it includes comments from Hobbs and Ducey on the extraordinary circumstances of running an election during a pandemic. The actual advertising business begins at 7:30 p.m.

Fun fact: If you look closely, you can see the moment Ducey reached into his right breast pocket to mute his phone. It was later revealed that he ignored a call from President Donald Trump.

Can the public participate?

The law stipulates that the tender must be public. However, the meeting at the State Capitol is closed to physical attendance by the public.

For security reasons, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ office is livestreaming the event via Zoom and Facebook. A news reporter, photographer and videographer will be present to provide a joint report to the media.

Jan Brewer, who served as foreign secretary from 2002 to 2009, said in the past election talks had taken place in a conference room in the secretary of state’s office and lasted at most half an hour. Although the public was admitted, it was usually journalists who attended, she said.

And Brewer noted that the hearing is a ceremony, not a public testimony hearing.

How does the canvas look?

It’s a long list of races, with results broken down by district for each race and a total posted for each race. View a copy of the 2020 campaign here.

What is the meaning of the canvas?

Aside from the official announcement of the election results, the completion of the election campaign opens a five-day period during which election challenges can be filed in court.

Former Attorney General Terry Goddard and former Maricopa County District Attorney Rick Romley provided guidance on the parameters for election challenges.

They referred to the legal and ethical rules cited in an order issued Thursday by US District Court Judge John Tuchi. Tuchi fined the attorneys who represented Kari Lake and Mark Finchem in a lawsuit the two filed to ban the use of tab machines in the election. Tuchi called it a frivolous lawsuit.

Goddard and Romley also pointed to a New York court order suspending Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani’s attorney’s license for “provenly making false and misleading statements to courts, legislators and the general public.”

“Election campaigns must not be political statements masquerading as lawsuits,” Goddard and Romley said in a statement.

Once customer acquisition is complete, statutory automatic recounts can also begin.

There are three such recounts this year: for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction between Chairman Tom Horne and Acting Kathy Hoffman; for the Attorney General between leaders Kris Mayes and Abe Hamadeh; and for a seat in the state House of Representatives in Legislative District 13 in Chandler between Chairmen Liz Harris and Julie Willoughby.

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