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Arizona attorney general determines counties can keep own voter rolls

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PHOENIX — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said county election officials can maintain separate voter databases but were legally required to send voter information to the secretary of state’s office.

Brnovich also said in an opinion released Monday that Secretary of State Michele Reagan can’t refer public records requests or legal subpoenas to counties since she also maintained the voter rolls.

The opinion stated:

The Secretary may not refer proper requests for public records of voter registration information to another agency if the Secretary has access to or control over that information, regardless of what statute (if any) the requesting party cites. The Secretary may, nevertheless, object to a records request or assert any applicable privilege.

The opinion also clarified what voter registration information county recorders were required to provide to Reagan’s office.

Solicitor General Dominic Draye wrote that included everything, immediately.

He said that under federal and state law, all 15 recorders must provide names and addresses, cancelled and rejected registrations and records detailing early voting and provisional ballots.

“The statewide voter registration system is ‘the heart of our elections system,'” the opinion said.

Reagan spokesman Matt Roberts said some counties weren’t providing some data and now must.

KTAR.com contributed to this report.

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