Law intended to provide voters with a sense of confidence in the integrity of the voting system will not be enforced by Helen Purcell who instead declares, “We’re not the police”
In the race for Maricopa County Recorder, political newcomer Aaron Flannery would appear to be a long-shot as he challenges Helen Purcell, currently running for her 8th term. Purcell has been a diligent elected official, overseeing the meticulous recording of all permanent public records and maintenance of the voter registration rolls for Maricopa County’s nearly 2,000,000 registered voters. She is responsible for administering the Elections Department which conducts all national, state and countywide elections and has won awards for her efforts.
Then came the March 23, 2016 presidential preference election, where long lines created havoc and outraged voters accused her of intentionally authorizing too few polling places, a cost saving measure that had been approved by the Board of Supervisors. She acknowledged her error in not properly anticipating the large turnout and refused to submit to demands that she step down. The snafu was not deliberate or intended to suppress minority votes, a fallacious charge hurled at her by the left. As might be expected in managing an office that delivers so many services to so many citizens, there have been other lapses from time to time.
But Helen Purcell’s refusal to enforce the state law banning the nefarious practice known as ‘ballot harvesting‘ (video) in the August Primary Election currently underway is a bridge too far. The Arizona legislature passed HB 2023 this past session in response to concerns regarding the fraudulent practice. Ballot harvesting is now a Class 6 Felony. Violators face up to a year in jail and $150,000 in fines.
In signing the bill into law March 9, Gov. Doug Ducey said:
“Voting is a key pillar of our democracy. This bill ensures a secure chain of custody between the voter and the ballot box. We join 18 other states in this common sense approach to maintaining the integrity of our elections.”
Of all people, Helen Purcell should realize the importance of providing confidence in the trustworthiness of our voting system. No more passes for Ms. Purcell. She has forfeited the trust placed in her since first taking office in 1988.
Aaron Flannery, a Phoenix native, family man and active Republican, introduces himself with these refreshing words:
“I am a small business consultant and independent contractor. I hold a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s of Public Administration and the only government job I have held is with the US Army.”
Pay a visit to his website. You’ll be impressed.