Helen Purcell Corrects KPHO's Error, while Joe Arpaio-Pimp Chad Willems Issues Voter-Suppression Robocall
Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell issued a clarifying statement Tuesday regarding an erroneous report on early ballots by CBS 5/KPHO's Donna Rossi last week.
Kudos to Purcell for correcting the record
That report misquoted Purcell as saying that having an early ballot in one's possession is a Class 5 felony.
After I wrote a blog item pointing out that both the Arizona Secretary of State and Arizona elections law expert Tom Ryan confirmed that this was in error, Channel 5 altered the text of its report online.
But the station did not label it as a correction, did not correct the video of the original report, and did not run an on-air correction.
Groups such as Promise Arizona in Action and Citizens for a Better Arizona, both of which are picking up early ballots with voter-approval and delivering or mailing them to the county, asked Purcell to alert the media to the misinformation.
-Helen Purcell Urged to End Confusion Over CBS 5 Early Ballot Report
-CBS 5 Report Regarding Early Ballots Incorrect, Sets Off Firestorm (w/Update)
-Maricopa County Elections Office Had More Materials With Wrong Election Date in Spanish, So It Got a Calendar
-Maricopa County Elections Department Prints Wrong Date in Spanish on a Few Documents; Voter-Suppression Theories Follow
To the credit of her and her office, Purcell has now done that, in a press release that reads, in part:
"I never said that it is illegal, much less a Class 5 felony, to collect, possess and deliver ballots of voters. Indeed, this office has worked cooperatively with a host of organizations, of all parties and persuasions, to assist voters get their ballots to the polls. We applaud the work of Promise Arizona and other groups in their efforts to register new qualified voters and have their ballots counted."