Elections director Karen Osborne said the scheduled remodel began in December, before the recall paperwork was filed. She's hoping the remodeling will be done the first week in May, and expand from 10 to 20 terminals at that time.
Meanwhile, RA will have to make do with two terminals and perhaps make use of the state Democratic Party's voter database, which is not as up-to-date as the county's records.
Osborne said she is not required to offer the terminal access, but that elections does so to "accommodate" those circulating petitions.
Randy Parraz, president of Citizens for a Better Arizona, the main group (other than RA) supporting the recall, found the situation unacceptable and wondered what would happen if the recall turned in its signatures a month early. How would they be checked? He also wondered about remote access to the data.
"Given that this is 2013, we shouldn't have to go to a physical space, if they in fact take it away," he said. "They should be able to provide some sort of log-in information, which they can monitor just as well.
"Absent that, it looks like they are putting up a roadblock to hinder and slow the recall of Sheriff Arpaio. Surprise, surprise."
In response to Parraz's suggestion about submitting sigs at the end of April, Osborne, a Democrat, quipped that, "If they turned them in a month early I would faint."
She also cited, "security concerns out the ears," when it came to the possibility of remote access.