CBS 5 Report Regarding Early Ballots Incorrect, Sets Off Firestorm (w/Update)
***Please see update below***
In an odd segment that aired last night on CBS 5/KPHO, reporter Donna Rossi told viewers that Maricopa County's elections department had received complaints regarding door-knockers representing themselves as county workers, offering to pick up folks' early ballots.
Rossi reported that the county does not have workers authorized to pick up ballots. Then she paraphrased Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, whose office oversees county elections, as saying that, "it's a Class 5 felony to possess someone else's ballot."
If that were the case, there are a whole lot of postal workers out there who are breaking the law.
In fact, this statement is contrary to what county elections officials previously have told me. Indeed, it is common practice for campaigns of all stripes to contact people registered to receive early ballots and offer to pick up their ballot or mail it for them.