MC Recorder’s race: Vote for Aaron Flannery

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.


7 Responses to MC Recorder’s race: Vote for Aaron Flannery

  1. MacBeth says:

    Helen Purcell’s refusal to enforce this reasonable law exposes the voting process to fraud and is beyond disappointing. . She doesn’t have to arrest anyone, but her employees and poll workers can easily take a photo of the ballot harvesting offenders and their car licence plate with their cell phones and call law enforcement. How difficult is that?.

  2. Vince says:

    Aaron Flannery has spoken at my district meeting, once when Helen Purcell was also in attendance. He was respectful, but made his points very well. It’s time for Ms. Purcell to hang it up. She can retire and be assured the office will be in good hands.

  3. jakesez says:

    I agree, Mr. Flannery presented himself well and spoke like he knew what the job entailed.

  4. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    It’s sad that a once well respected public servant like Helen Purcell has forgotten that she is exactly that—-a public servant. No one appointed her a deity. She is expected to follow the law. She is not above it.

  5. Braveheart says:

    Helen Purcell stands as a stellar example of the need for term limits. I never supported the concept believing as the founders did that we have term limits, when we deem them necessary, as we vote. Unfortunately that doesn’t work as intended, since apathy has caused too many to become disengaged in the political process. The’d rather watch mindless laugh track shows or tap their kegs and watch sports while our country sinks into oblivion.

  6. Saguaro Sam says:

    Since we, the people, are on our own, you should know this regarding our water in AZ.

    Yes, we are on another list. And, as usual, it’s not good.

    On another list, is it learned that, of all the cities in the U.S., Peoria and Glendale rank #8 and #11 in municipalities having the largest number of renters. It should be noted that the progressives activity seek towns where the citizens are not engaged in their local governments—and that is precisely where the refugees are shipped.

  7. LD 23 PC says:

    Helen Purcell will lose this election by undercutting the integrity of the voting process she has sworn to uphold. Apparently her oath of office means nothing to her. Maricopa County voters took her at her word and were duped by yet another elected official.