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These were the 3 most-viewed politics stories on KJZZ.org in 2021

By Ben Giles, Steve Goldstein
Published: Monday, December 27, 2021 - 5:56pm

Arizona's political year was filled with drama and change — and the KJZZ News team was there to keep you in the know. Here are KJZZ's top three most-viewed politics stories in 2021.

1. Arizona election audit confirms Biden's win in Maricopa County, but also casts doubts

Ben Cotton, Doug Logan and Randy Pullen
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Audit team members Ben Cotton (from left), Doug Logan and Randy Pullen prepare to give their reports Sept. 24, 2021, to the state Senate of what they found while auditing the 2020 election returns.

Arizona's 2021 political landscape was dominated by news concerning the contentious audit of Maricopa County's 2020 presidential election ballots. A Florida-based group called Cyber Ninjas was hired to recount the ballots, hunkering down in Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In September, nearly a year after the audit began, the Cyber Ninjas officials certified that now-President Joe Biden had received a majority of the county's votes.

2. Voucher interest high among anti-mask mandate parents, to the dismay of Arizona public schools

Governor Doug Ducey
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey shared more details about two new programs he launched during a Aug. 19, 2021, press conference.

September also yielded other hotly debated news — this time from the governor. Gov. Doug Ducey offered voucher programs for parents to send their children to other schools if their current institution enacted a mask mandate. And to the surprise of many educators, parental interest in the programs were high.

3. These are Arizona's 10 scariest people according to Phoenix Magazine

Scary Arizona state Senator Wendy Rogers
Eric Cox for Phoenix Magazine
A scary caricature of state Sen. Wendy Rogers from the Phoenix Magazine article, "Monster Mash: Arizona’s Scariest People."

In October, local publication Phoenix Magazine celebrated Halloween a little early with a look at horror Arizona-style. The magazine published an article listing Arizona's 10 scariest people, with some lawmakers making the list.

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