Is the Maricopa County Elections Department's Spanish Campaign Enough?
After some uproar was caused with the Maricopa County Elections Department printing the wrong election date in Spanish on a few materials, it's now spending money on a Spanish-only campaign to tell voters the correct election day.
Two items distributed by the elections office listed Election Day as November 6 in English, but right next to it, the erroneous date of 8 de Noviembre was listed in Spanish.
-Maricopa County Elections Department Starting Spanish Campaign Due to Election-Date Error
-Helen Purcell: Accusation About Spanish Errors a "Malicious Lie"
-Maricopa County Elections Office Had More Materials With Wrong Election Date
-Maricopa County Elections Department Prints Wrong Date in Spanish
Numerous Latino community leaders showed up for the elections department's announcement on the Spanish-language campaign -- including state Senator Steve Gallardo and state Representative Martin Quezada -- and everyone in attendance voiced their support of the move.
"It's not a crime to make a printing error," Gallardo said. "It's a crime if you don't do anything."
County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox said the plan is to use $30,000 in county funds for this campaign -- which includes flyers, radio ads, and TV ads -- but added that "if we need more, we will evaluate that."
The ads explain that an error was made, and reminds Spanish-speaking voters that the election date is November 6.
Is this move likely enough to counter the errors?
Cast your vote below:
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Phoenix New Times' biggest stories.