Q&AZ - Questions Our Reporters Have Answered

Q&AZ: Goodyear Farm Restores Well-Known Roadside Sign
Back in January, a KJZZ listener asked what happened to some giant roadside signs — including a large baby — that once stood on Interstate 10 in the West Valley through our Q&AZ project. This week, we finally have an answer. On Dec. 21, Goodyear-based Duncan Family Farms announced that the baby is back.
Dec. 23, 2020
Q&AZ: What Counts As A COVID‑19 Case?
The politicization of COVID-19 has muddied the public’s picture of the pandemic, with polls showing perceptions of coronavirus severity splitting along party lines. One listener wanted to know what we mean when we report a COVID-19 case.
Dec. 4, 2020
Q&AZ: Do Grocery Workers Have To Tell Customers To Mask Up?
Masks still offer the first line of defense against the spread of COVID-19. One listener through our Q&AZ project wanted to know if current regulations require Mesa grocery store employees to inform unmasked customers about mask mandates.
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Nov. 26, 2020
Q&AZ: Where Do Ballots Go After The Election?
With the 2020 presidential election mostly in the rearview mirror, one listener through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project wanted to know what Arizona county recorder offices do with ballots after the election is over.
Nov. 11, 2020
Q&AZ: Why Do Phoenix Leaders Listen To Jeff Barton?
When COVID-19 hit, the city of Phoenix was preparing to pass a new budget. The person guiding much of the conversation during the first critical months was then-Budget Director Jeff Barton. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, a listener who was impressed with Barton’s performance at a public meeting asked to know more about his background.
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Oct. 28, 2020
Q&AZ: Can I Vote In Person Even If Im Registered To Vote By Mail?
A listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ project whether he could vote in person if he had already registered to vote by mail.
Oct. 26, 2020
Q&AZ: Where Can I Find The Names Of AZ Electors?
Through our Q&AZ project, a listener asks where can you find out who the state’s electors for the general election are. Those are the 11 representatives who cast the state’s votes for president in the Electoral College.
Oct. 23, 2020
Q&AZ: Why Would Charters Receive Funds From Prop. 208 If It Passes?
Proposition 208, if passed, is expected to raise $940 million per year for Arizona public schools, including charters. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ project, a listener asks why charter schools would be eligible for some of this revenue?
Oct. 21, 2020
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 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