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Horne: Outdated law requires feds review Az election changes

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to review a law that requires federal approval of any changes to Arizona’s election laws and procedures, Attorney General Tom Horne said Tuesday the measure has outlived its usefulness.... Read more»

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Nov 13, 2012, 10:06 pm
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State election officials have faced stiff criticism and received national attention for what Goddard called a large number of provisional ballots used on election day. He said he’s heard and has a “hunch” that the majority of the provisional ballots were cast in minority areas.

What an idiot. The provisional mess was the direct result of bad mistakes made by the Recorder’s office, which a so-called “minority” has had a stranglehold on for the last two decades.

Nov 13, 2012, 11:03 pm
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@Bret Linden,

If responsibility can be laid on the recorders, why is every county in the state seeing the same difficulties?

Nov 14, 2012, 7:29 am
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Dylan Smith wrote:

@Bret Linden,
If responsibility can be laid on the recorders, why is every county in the state seeing the same difficulties?

I am glad you asked.

I’m not going to try to speak to what goes on in other counties, but I have a difficult time believing they all made the same mistake I’m about to share. Besides, based on what I’ve been reading, none of the other counties are experiencing the troubles to the degree that we are. Anyway, here’s what I know…

On election day, my wife and I went to our polling place to vote, as true patriots do. As is the case with many married couples, my wife and I live together, and share a last name. So, it would stand to reason that either we would both be on the polling place’s roster, or neither of us would, right? Well, wasn’t the case…my wife’s name was on the roster, and mine was not. My wife got to vote the proper way, and I was forced to vote via provisional ballot (which STILL hasn’t been counted). Anyway, before election day, we each received those yellow cards telling us where our polling place is, and they both said the same thing. So, based on that and the sample ballot, I knew I was in the right place…well, that, and the whole married thing and living together and wife’s name on the roster thing…

Upset about this situation, I went to the recorder’s office in proper person, with sample ballot, yellow card, and voter registration card in hand, to register a complaint about this situation. I spoke to a very kind and professional gentleman. I am not going to reveal his name, because based on what I later read in the papers, he probably told me way too much (Rodriguez spoonfed that bullshit “don’t want to speculate” line to local media when asked what went wrong). I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize this guy’s employment or give him any headaches for doing the right thing and telling me what was really going on. Anyway, back to the story…

The guy looked at my materials, consulted his computer, and confirmed that both my wife and I did everything we were supposed to do, that we both went to the correct polling place, and that absolutely my name should have been on the polling place’s roster right next to my wife’s name. The guy promised he would look in to the situation, and give me a call to let me know what happened. True to his word, he did indeed call me the next morning to inform me of what he found out.


Nov 14, 2012, 7:30 am
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The rosters were printed WAY too early, back in September. How do I know this? Well, comparing notes with the guy at the recorder’s office we determined they were printed well before the voter registration deadline, which was a stupid and irresponsible decision on the part of the Recorder’s office. My wife and I moved this summer (yes, together). Upon getting settled, we both went to the DMV’s website to change our address and re-register to vote. However, my wife did her’s about a week before I got around to doing mine.

So, the series of events went like this…my wife changed her address with the DMV, the rosters were printed, and then I changed my address with the DMV. This all happened in September. When is the voter registration deadline? Something like October 5? Whatever it was, I beat the clock with registering by a comfortable margin.

Now, to answer your question as to how this gets laid on the recorder. Something a huge as printing the polling places rosters early is a huge undertaking that she HAD to know about and HAD to have signed off on before it was done. It was a stupid mistake that should have never been made, should have never been suggested, should have never have been approved, and the recorder is ultimately responsible for her staff and what goes on in her office.

Having read what I just told you…if the blame for this situation doesn’t lie on the recorder, then I would love to read why not.

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