Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Maricopa County Screws Up Again: More Documents Have Incorrect Election Date

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Last week, it was revealed that Maricopa County officials sent out incorrect information to Spanish-speaking voters, naming Nov. 8 as the day of the general election, instead of the correct date, which is Nov. 6.

Well, it turns out that printing the wrong date on the Spanish-language documents accompanying Maricopa County voter ID's wasn't an isolated incident.

From the Huffington Post:

The latest — a bookmark distributed by the elections department — was passed along to HuffPost on Tuesday by minority advocacy group Campaign for Community Change. (View the bookmark below.) It says, "Register today! Exercise your right to V-O-T-E!" and goes on to list important dates. Yvonne Reed, spokesperson for the Maricopa County Department of Elections, told HuffPost that some of the Spanish-language notices were incorrect because the department used the election date from last year, but that they are no longer being distributed.

The county had to apologize last week for a similar mistake on documents attached to updated voter registration cards. Those papers also listed the general Election Day as Nov. 8 in the Spanish version, even though the English-language version has the correct date.

Reed told ABC News last week that the incorrect documents went out to relatively few people and the mistake was quickly fixed.

"It's an honest mistake," she told ABC News. "Between the time the voter [who caught the mistake] came in to our front counter to get her card and we were notified of the error, the mistake had been corrected."

Reed pointed out Tuesday that the election date is listed correctly in Spanish on the department's website and in material from the candidates, and said officials will do what they can to fix the confusion.


"That's three strikes for Purcell, and she knows it," Rudy Lopez, national political director for the Campaign for Community Change, said in a statement Tuesday. "No reasonable person can believe that these are all honest mistakes. Purcell has made it hard not to suspect an obvious attempt at the County Recorder's office to suppress Latino voters."

I'm not sure if I would suspect intentional wrong-doing in this case — considering the quality of folks in power up yonder, I'd just as soon cite Hanlon's Razor: "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”

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