Arizona Flubs Election Date on Spanish Document - Again
10/24/2012 - 09:30 ||
After already making an error on a Spanish-language document that gave voters the wrong election date, Maricopa County of Arizona does it again. The latest, a bookmark distributed by the elections department, was apparently passed along to the Huffington Post on Tuesday by minority advocacy group Campaign for Community Change.
The bookmark states, "Register today! Exercise your right to V-O-T-E!" and lists the dates, with the glaring mistake. Yvonne Reed, spokesperson for the Maricopa County Department of Elections, told the Huffington Post that some of the Spanish-language notices were incorrect because the department used the election date from last year, but that these documents were no longer being distributed.
Reed, responding to the earlier incident of misprint, told ABC News, "It's an honest mistake. Between the time the voter [who caught the mistake] came in to our front counter to get her card and we were notified of the error, the mistake had been corrected."
Reed pointed out that the department's website correctly lists the date in Spanish and in material from the candidates.
Latinos make up 30 percent of the population in the county, and has had a shaky relationship with Latinos due to their Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his controversial raids against undocumented immigrants. Arpaio is not affiliated with the elections department.
Campaign for Community Change criticized Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, who oversees the elections office, for the mistakes.
"That's three strikes for Purcell, and she knows it," Rudy Lopez, national political director for the Campaign for Community Change, said in a statement Tuesday. "No reasonable person can believe that these are all honest mistakes. Purcell has made it hard not to suspect an obvious attempt at the County Recorder's office to suppress Latino voters."
What do you think of the mistake? An honest one, or is there a pattern emerging?