Roopali Desai Talks to KJZZ About Ballot Proposal That Expands Voter Protections, Strengthens Conflict of Interest Laws

As one of the state’s leading election and political law attorneys, Roopali Desai discussed the Democracy and Accountability Act in an interview with KJZZ. This ballot proposal would strengthen conflict of interest rules, eliminate a ban on door-to-door ballot collections and address restrictions on the citizen initiative process. The hope is to promote issues that are most important to Arizona voters, rather than special interests.  Roopali explained the initiative seeks to implement laws:  To stop corruption and self-dealing by state legislators. To ensure access to voting by extending the early voting period and allow voters to request assistance to turn in their early ballots. To protect the rights of voters who sign initiative petitions.To fix procedural inconsistencies and streamline requirements for citizen initiatives. Roopali noted that the initiative is working to address...

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KJZZ Taps Roopali Desai to Discuss Arizona’s Initiative to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Representing the “Smart and Safe Arizona Act,” election attorney Roopali Desai was tapped by KJZZ News Radio to discuss the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.  Roopali explained that backers of the initiative ran the ballot language by legislative council members for feedback. She reinforced the significance of this review, noting that the 16-page initiative includes details about how the money from fines and civil penalties will be used.The hope is for the money to go toward community colleges, public safety, and other related programs. The legislative council’s recommendations will be used to revise the ballot language to ensure it is abundantly clear.  Roopali advises clients on all aspects of political and election law including campaign strategy, campaign finance compliance, disclosure and reporting requirements, and bringing and...

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KTAR Taps Roopali Desai to Discuss Canvassers Paying Phoenix Voters for Social Media Posts

Some promotional tactics related to Proposition 106 are stirring up controversy. To break down the legalities, KTAR news radio called on Roopali Desai, one of the state’s leading election and political law attorneys. The issue: a private group of Prop. 106 supporters is paying Phoenix voters to post “Yes on 106” to personal social media accounts. . If passed, Proposition 106 would mandate annual assessments of Phoenix’s pension debt and budget matters.  Roopali explained voters can express their personal support, but if they are paid to express a position, they should disclose they are being paid and by whom. She suggested that Arizona could require campaigns to disclose whether they pay people to advertise on personal social media, but she noted that no such law currently exists.  Roopali advises clients...

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Roopali Desai Weighs in on Recent Update to Arizona’s Elections Procedure Manual in KJZZ Interview

As one of the state’s leading election and political law attorneys, Roopali Desai provided insights to KJZZ news radio about the recent and critical update to the Elections Procedure Manual. Roopali points out there have been significant changes in election law since the last manual was put into effect in 2014. The updated manual, which Secretary of State Katie Hobbs released on August 9, is intended to provide specific procedural guidance and explanations to help county officials conduct elections that follow current law. Roopali noted there is a 60-day period for the community to provide feedback on the manual. The Secretary’s office is working with county officials to get their feedback, and will revise the manual as needed. The updated manual will be submitted to the Attorney General’s...

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Roopali Desai Discusses Faithless Electors with KTVK-TV

In a sit-down interview with KTVK-TV in Phoenix (Ch. 3), attorney Roopali Desai recently broke down the legalities and repercussions of “faithless electors” who vote for presidential candidates that didn’t win the popular vote in their states. She explained to viewers just how common these electors are, the consequences such electors face and whether they could really change the outcome of an election. azfamily.com 3TV | Phoenix Breaking News, Weather, Sport...

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Phoenix Business Journal Honors Roopali Desai Among 40 under 40 Class of 2016

One of Coppersmith Brockelman’s rising stars, Roopali Desai, was honored by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the city’s top 40 Under 40 at a special ceremony and reception. 40 Under 40 recognizes 40 up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40 who have a major impact in the Valley's business and charitable communities. The Phoenix Business Journal has featured the Class of 2016 in a special publication celebrating the accomplishments of all 40 members of this prestigious group. Roopali, a partner at the firm who has carved a niche among the state’s top election and government law attorneys, was recognized for her deep-seated dedication to social service and commitment to civil justice, specifically for the extensive work she has tackled to help disadvantaged youth, women...

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