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Are the Maricopa County Elections Department's Spanish Errors Getting Suspicious?

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For the second time, materials from the Maricopa County Elections Department have been discovered with the wrong election date in Spanish, but the correct one in English.

After the second instance was found -- and due to other controversies regarding the county elections office -- Randy Parraz and Citizens for a Better Arizona went to the office of Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell to try to get some answers.

See also:
-Maricopa County Elections Office Had More Materials With Wrong Election Date in Spanish, So It Got a Calendar
-Helen Purcell Urged to End Confusion Over CBS 5 Early Ballot Report
-Maricopa County Elections Department Prints Wrong Date in Spanish on a Few Documents; Voter-Suppression Theories Follow

Although a spokeswoman for the elections office assured us that the first erroneous date -- printed on a few documents that contained voter-registration cards -- that it was a simple mistake, more than 80 percent of the respondents in our reader poll thought it was a suspicious "mistake."

This time, the wrong date -- 8 de Noviembre, instead of the 6th -- was printed on some bookmarks distributed by the county elections office.

So, to channel Allen Iverson, we talkin' about bookmarks. This wasn't a widespread thing that reached very many people, but it is the second time this error has been made, and it's only been in Spanish.

Is this situation suspicious now?

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