Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

Q&AZ: Can I Vote With My Expired License?
If your Arizona driver’s license has an expiration date between March and December 2020, the governor is giving you an extra year to renew it. That’s to keep older adults from having to make the trip to the MVD during the pandemic. But one KJZZ listener wanted to know — can you use that expired license at your polling place?
Oct. 19, 2020
Q&AZ: How Did Arizonas Kitty Joe Creek Get Its Name?
Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked how Kitty Joe Creek near Payson came to be. Thus began another trip down the rabbit hole of Arizona place names.
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Oct. 14, 2020
Q&AZ: How Are Ballot Signatures Verified In Maricopa County?
As the presidential election approaches, many listeners have questions about early voting. One listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ project about what signature election officials use to validate ballots.
Oct. 13, 2020
Q&AZ: When Are Ballots Collected From Maricopa County Drop Boxes?
With early voting underway, people are using a variety of ways to cast their ballots. One listener wanted to know when ballots are collected from drop boxes.
Oct. 12, 2020
Q&AZ: How Do Arizona Ballot Propositions Get Their Numbers?
There are two statewide ballot propositions that Arizonans will get to vote on this year. And, depending on where a voter lives, they might see several local ballot questions — either for their cities or school districts. A listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ project how ballot initiatives, like Propositions 207 and 208, got their numbers.
Oct. 10, 2020
Q&AZ: There Are Dozens Of Arizona Judges On My Ballot. How Do I Know Who To Vote For?
Judges for four counties in Arizona, as well as those on the Arizona Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court face retention elections every four years. A KJZZ listener wanted to know how to make sense of all the judges listed on her mail-in ballot and decide which judges she wanted to vote to retain.
Oct. 9, 2020
Q&AZ: Where To Drop Off Early Ballots, Vote In Maricopa County
A listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ project where she could drop off her early ballot to ensure it arrives on time. Oct. 15 was the deadline to register to vote in November's election. Election officials across Arizona sent out the first wave of early ballots on Oct. 7.
Oct. 5, 2020
Q&AZ: What Are The Rules For Campaign Signs?
A Glendale listener asked if it was legal for political campaigns to mount their signs above other campaign signs. City zoning codes do limit the size of campaign signs, but don't say much about how high they can be mounted.
Sept. 28, 2020
Q&AZ: How Will Sonora Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day This Year?
Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener wanted to know how Mexico’s Independence Day is being celebrated in neighboring Sonora this year. Mexico is celebrating the 210 anniversary of its independence on Sept. 16, 1810. But the ritual "grito" is going virutal in Sonora this year.
Sept. 15, 2020
Q&AZ: What Is Happening To Saguaros?
KJZZ listener Shari Keith counted 17 fallen saguaro cacti within a 10-mile radius of where she lives in Ahwatukee. Others had lost arms or looked unhealthy, and she wanted to know what is happening to saguaros.
Sept. 2, 2020
Q&AZ: Are Cicadas Different In Prescott?
One weekend in Prescott, a KJZZ listener heard what sounded like cicadas making a louder and deeper racket than those found in the Valley. She wanted to know if cicadas are different on Whiskey Row than on Roosevelt Row.
Aug. 17, 2020
Q&AZ: Can I Have My Ballot Delivered Through Certified Mail?
With the upcoming general election and growing concerns over the U.S. Postal Service, KJZZ listener Karen Davis asked through our Q&AZ project if she can get a receipt if she mails her ballot through the post office or have it delivered through certified mail.
Aug. 18, 2020
Q&AZ: What Happened To The Lawsuit Regarding Inmate Health Care?
KJZZ listener Chandler McElroy used the Q&AZ portal to ask about the latest developments in Arizona’s prison health care class action lawsuit.
July 20, 2020
Q&AZ: Why Arent Candidates Names In Alphabetical Order On Ballots?
The placement of candidates’ names on ballots goes beyond alphabetical order. It depends on the type of election, the city and sometimes even the precinct. Arizona state law requires if two or more candidates appear on a ballot, precincts rotate the names of each candidate so that every name appears an equal number of times in every position.
July 20, 2020
Q&AZ: Whats The Origin Of Arizonas Name?
According to the Secretary of State, the Spanish sometimes spelled Arizona with an S or even two Ss. And it was located somewhere in what are now borderlands. But scholars disagree on the meaning and the source of the name.
June 29, 2020
Q&AZ: When Will Tempe Playgrounds Reopen?
Arizona cities like Tempe shut down some park amenities in March when the coronavirus pandemic hit to mitigate the spread of the virus. With the state reopening, some of those park amenities are being reopened, but it may take a little longer until Tempe kids can enjoy local playgrounds again. One listener asked Q&AZ when will Tempe playgrounds be reopened?
May 26, 2020
Q&AZ: Are AZ Bats Disease Reservoirs?
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 likely originated in bats, as did its cousins, which caused the MERS and SARS epidemics. One KJZZ listener wanted to know if bats in Arizona pose a risk.
May 21, 2020
Q&AZ: Where Can I Donate Clothes During The Pandemic?
With more time spent at home, some Arizonans are taking the opportunity to clean out their closets. Here are some of the organizations accepting donations right now.
May 21, 2020
Q&AZ: How Are Arizonas Electoral College Electors Chosen?
The 2020 presidential election is coming in November and the Electoral College plays an important role in the process. Through our Q&AZ project, a listener asked: How electors are chosen in Arizona, and what are precinct committee people?
May 18, 2020
Q&AZ: Why Do AZ Prisons Require In-Person Attendance For GED Classes During COVID-19 Pandemic?
Most K-12 schools, colleges and universities in Arizona have gone digital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in prisons across the state, students are still being forced to go to class in-person every day. A Q&AZ listener asked why hasn't the prison education system gone to correspondence work.
May 12, 2020