As our colleague Stephen Lemons reported last night, Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell set the record straight about the early-ballot collections -- it is not illegal for someone to deliver your early ballot to the elections office for you.
Purcell also addressed the multiple errors on county elections office materials, which gave the wrong date of the election in Spanish only -- and she doesn't sound happy about people claiming it was some sort of voter-suppression tactic.
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Purcell issued a press release addressing all the issues that have been raised with her office recently, and here's her statement on the Spanish errors:
Concerning the regrettable error on the Spanish-language Voter ID and bookmark: I wish I could say we never made a mistake in this office. But we do. However, the suggestion that this office would be a party to a dark conspiracy to depress voter turnout among any constituency or ethnic group is contrary to the history, the commitment and ideals of this office, my staff and my life's work. It is simply a malicious lie. We have dedicated decades of the highest public service to expand voter participation. A former President once described the vote as the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice. We agree and our professional careers attest to that high mission.
As Randy Parraz and Citizens for a Better Arizona called for yesterday in their trip to the elections office, Purcell says the elections office "will be launching a very aggressive Spanish language publicity campaign to make sure everyone knows that the election will be held on Tuesday, November 6. Martes, 6 de noviembre."
"Such a message already appears prominently, in Spanish and English, on the Maricopa County Recorder's and Elections Department Websites," the press release says.
Will this reverse the thinking of those who think the elections office is trying to suppress the Hispanic vote? Probably not, considering it's already been exploited for a national audience of left-wingers -- as Rachel Maddow declared the error a "dark political art" -- and as our highly unscientific reader poll this morning indicates, a large majority of our readers think those errors are "suspicious."
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Lydia Guzman -- an ex-Secretary of State's office employee who accompanied CBA on their trip to the elections office yesterday -- said at least three or four people must have approved the erroneous materials before they were printed.
However, the elections office has insisted from day one that there was nothing malicious, and that it was, indeed, an error.
"Your vote is your voice," Purcell's press release says. "We take seriously our responsibility to enable you to use it."