Maricopa County Elections Office Had More Materials With Wrong Election Date in Spanish, So It Got a Calendar
Randy Parraz and Citizens for a Better Arizona members explain the difference between November 6 and November 8.
Photo by Matthew Hendley
The Maricopa County Elections Department documents showing the incorrect date for the election -- but just in Spanish -- were not the only things offering the wrong date for Spanish speakers.
It turns out that some bookmarks produced by the county elections office also contained the wrong date in Spanish -- again, 8 de Noviembre instead of the 6th -- which led Citizens for a Better Arizona's Randy Parraz to attempt to deliver a calendar to Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell.
"What are you supposed to believe?" Parraz asked, as he pointed to the calendar, explaining the difference between November 6th, Election Day, and November 8th, which is not Election Day.
Especially after the erroneous CBS 5 report stating that it was illegal for people to pick up others' early ballots, Parraz says Purcell ought to be proactive about telling Spanish-speakers the correct date.
"Sheriff Arpaio benefits from this," Parraz said, as he explained that it's unknown how many Spanish-speakers may not be able to vote for these reasons.
"We are not going to sit back quietly," he added.
So, Parraz and CBA members marched into the elections office and asked to speak with Purcell.
The woman at the voter-registration window told Parraz she wasn't there, so he asked the woman to call her.
"I'm not going to call her," she replied.
While other people were still in the elections office for a variety of reasons, Parraz informed the room of the recent incidents involving the election's office, saying, "This is not acceptable in any county."
The large calendar was held up, as Parraz pointed back-and-forth, explaining, "This is the 6th; this is the 8th. Can vote; can't vote."
The bookmark with faulty information in Spanish.
She claimed that it's likely three or four people saw these documents with the incorrect date before they were approved, so all of those people must have missed that.
Additionally -- in regards to the early-balloting debacle -- Guzman said people are "fearful" of handing over their early ballots, and said people have even threatened to call the cops.
In the end, after it was clear that Parraz and Purcell wouldn't have a meeting, the calendar was mounted on the voter registration window before CBA members left the building.
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