Maricopa County Democratic Party Chair Ann Wallack Not Running for Re-Election

Shortly after the election, I asked Wallack about the high number of early and provisional ballots left to count, and the charge by some that this deluge was due to a voter-suppression effort targeting Latinos.

At that time, she said she believed the problem to be countywide and not exclusive to certain precincts. So I asked if her assessment was the same, now that the unofficial tally is done.

"I do still believe it's a county-wide problem, the number of provisionals," she explained. "I think it's OK to have provisionals because it gives people another chance to vote. But we need to figure out why. It may be the process at the polling places, but a lot of things contributed to it."

County Dems have asked for additional info from the Maricopa County Recorder's Office and are hoping that a post-canvass analysis will suss out the reasons for the provisional ballot overload.

How can her fellow Dems help avoid this situation in the future?

In a recent e-mail to the party faithful, Wallack had an answer: Recruit more precinct committeepersons, who in turn will recruit more Democratic poll workers and observers.

"The best way to reduce the number of provisional ballots is to have good poll workers who care about our side," Wallack wrote in her e-mail, "and to have observers who can ensure that voters are in the correct polling place."

She also states in the e-mail that, according to what county elections is telling her, "49% of all provisionals are due to PEVL voters not voting by mail and showing up at polling places. And 82% of the provisionals are valid."

Recruiting new PCs should be a priority for new county officers, she explained, as well as reaching out to minority voters and residents on the West Side.

"When I took the job of MCDP Chair 4 years ago I emphasized the importance of PC recruitment," reads the e-mail. "I gave up on it and I now regard it as a major failure."

A look at the PC spreadsheets online at the recorders office website, confirms a serious deficit in Democratic PCs, with 444 open D positions, more than 40 percent of the slots allotted for Dems in the county.

(Note: This is assuming my spreadsheet calculations are correct. Feel free to double-check me.)

Getting on the ballot to fill one of those positions is relatively easy, just a matter of garnering 8-to-10 signatures, says Wallack.

"And you and your spouse count," Wallack told me of the petition. "Republicans do this stuff in their sleep, they're joiners...Democrats, they tend to hang back."

And complain a lot.

Though Wallack didn't say that. That's me talkin'.


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youproductsucks
youproductsucks

Although I don't agree with her politically, I will continue giving her business patronage on a six month rotation.  I am not like those who are like minded to Wallack and believe business can be done with those whom I disagree with politically or religiously or ...

Carmen Aranda-Chavez
Carmen Aranda-Chavez

Sorry to see you leave. I wanted to see Arpio loose as badly as you did.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Good riddance bitch!  One down and plenty more to go.

yzurthemepark
yzurthemepark

 Wallack was an impressively capable leader for her county's party and for the good of the whole state. I am one of the people who gave Wallack support occasionally, but also was on the other side of the Penzone-Rowan primary, even though i actually hundreds of miles away from PHX. Running for Congress this past cycle in CD 4, Maricopa was one of seven counties i had to deal with. I was sure disappointed last week  to learn of her stepping down.It will be hard to get that combination of effort & skills again for free.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

I don't see how I "failed". I participated in the voting process. Not by a "provisional". But by mailing in my ballot. I voted for Penzone, encouraged family and friends to do the same. Yet, we still lost.

 

Kudos to Wallack for being a true warrior against the 80 year old octogenarian coot.

dangelo.diane
dangelo.diane

@annwallack has done a tremendous job in a thankless position. Pressure comes at the county chair from all sides -- grassroots activists, the state party, the DCCC and the DNC. I briefly considered running for chair this summer, but I'm not the right person. Ann has raised the profile of Maricopa Democrats and professionalized the organization. Her acknowledgement of a few missteps shows her integrity (rare in politcal circles). I wish her the very best in her future endeavors.

DonnaDiva
DonnaDiva

@billyscheel @annwallack Very true. Best wishes and support to Ann in whatever she does going forward.

JeffD
JeffD

Wallack is a class act. She and Penzone did their best. Not their fault 50.7% of Marikafka County voters are assholes.

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @Lone_Wolf Of course you lost you dumb ass idiot. Penzone would have been a disaster, can't you see that?  You think that he should have won just you and your idiot friends mailed a provisional ballot?  Oh I see, because you mailed a ballot and also went to a polling place to vote, right?  All the fraudulent ballots were discovered and tossed out so that's why he lost.  In other words, Adios Penzone!

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