Are the Maricopa County Elections Department's Spanish Errors Getting Suspicious?

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For the second time, materials from the Maricopa County Elections Department have been discovered with the wrong election date in Spanish, but the correct one in English.

After the second instance was found -- and due to other controversies regarding the county elections office -- Randy Parraz and Citizens for a Better Arizona went to the office of Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell to try to get some answers.

See also:
-Maricopa County Elections Office Had More Materials With Wrong Election Date in Spanish, So It Got a Calendar
-Helen Purcell Urged to End Confusion Over CBS 5 Early Ballot Report
-Maricopa County Elections Department Prints Wrong Date in Spanish on a Few Documents; Voter-Suppression Theories Follow

Although a spokeswoman for the elections office assured us that the first erroneous date -- printed on a few documents that contained voter-registration cards -- that it was a simple mistake, more than 80 percent of the respondents in our reader poll thought it was a suspicious "mistake."

This time, the wrong date -- 8 de Noviembre, instead of the 6th -- was printed on some bookmarks distributed by the county elections office.

So, to channel Allen Iverson, we talkin' about bookmarks. This wasn't a widespread thing that reached very many people, but it is the second time this error has been made, and it's only been in Spanish.

Is this situation suspicious now?

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narizona
narizona

Elections are rigged from the gate ..You can't trust city and county oficials .........Who can you trust? I guess that's an easy one......... money wins over integrity and ethics anytime and everytime What a freaking side show Arizona politics has become . Unbelievable

fatfrog
fatfrog

For at least 6 months and probably a lot longer they had two sets of rules for people that rode on the light rail. One set of rules applied to the English speaking folks and another applied to the Spanish speaking folks.

 

Check out the details here : http://my-legal.tripod.com/light_rail.html

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Yes. And why are Republican candidates always listed first?

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

I'm willing to accept that this is a mistake (for now), but it points to sloppiness on the part of the County Recorders office.  This is the same office that is in charge of protecting the integrity of the voting process.  If their proof-reading skills are such that they twice didn't pick up this discrepency (when it was side by side with the correct date), what else are they failing to proof read?  Can they lose a whole precinct full of ballots??  Can they mistakenly fail to properly calibrate the OCR ballot readers?  What other mistakes are they making that we can't see that impact the integrity of the elections that they oversee?  Is a full audit by an outside auditor appropriate (or necessary) at ths point?

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

Whoever is doing the translation needs to understand the numbers remain the same.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Were this any state other than Arizona (or any county other than Maricopa for that matter), I would have bet on coincidence. Since this is Arizona and Maricopa.....well...it doesn't make it intentional, but it sure doesn't rule it out either. I did printing like this for years, for  a mistake like this to happen on a government job, it's pretty rare, but possible. For it to happen twice???? If you have any doubts as to how difficult it is, talk to printers and find out. It would have to make it through about 5-6 departments (minimum) on the print side alone, and thats not even counting the people who ordered it. For it to make it through the print shop 2 different times, it would have had a stamp of approval from the customer, who would have had a finished product to inspect for errors before the print shop makes the final run of the product. does it mean Joe or Jan set the mistake into effect? No, but someone had to have seen it when proofreading it one of several times before okaying the job. So either someone was completely asleep at the wheel or they did it intentionally. Being a government job, i assure you, between the print shop and the office that ordered them, at least 15-20 people had that pass through their hands to be prooofread and checked for ad content and copy.

US_War_Veteran
US_War_Veteran

Sorry but I do not believe in coincidenses, the same mistake on 2 different voter documents, no way, I can "maybe" let one mistake of this magnitude slide, but not two, something is definatelly going on, but to ask the incompetent clowns at MCSO or the sold out imbeciles at the DAs office to investigate is futile, I sincerely hope I am wrong, but considering the track record in sandbilly land I don't think I am.  Congratulations Arizona, you are quickly becoming the most corrupt state in the nation.

 

Bnbk
Bnbk

 @US_War_Veteran

 You are absolutely on target USWV. These two printing "mistakes" coupled with what's going on with the University students, paints a very clear picture that there is a concerted voter supression effort against voters that typically vote for Democrats .The Justice Department needs to step in,as what these Tea Baggers are doing is in clear violation of the voting rights act.Unfortunately it may be too late.

eastvalley
eastvalley

 @refuesal 

o Need for a tinfoil hat... This is Voting Integrity. This is the very bedrock of our democracy. Yes we all should be concerned whether sloppiness, or malicious, it displays a gaping hole in Maricopa Co Recorder's office. It is very hard not to be suspicious though... in that in proof reading a 6 does not look like an 8. Just saying.

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