All the hard work put in by Latino Get Out The Vote volunteers was nearly undermined by the Maricopa County Recorder’s office.
On two separate incidents, Spanish-language election materials were distributed with the erroneous General Election date of Nov. 8.
“I would prefer for the County Recorder’s Office to own their mistake and to do a very aggressive communications campaign to make sure Latino voters understand their rights, understand where the polling locations and know the election date,” said Grecia Lima with Promise Arizona in Action.
The County Recorder’s Office released this statement:
Concerning the regrettable error on the Spanish-language Voter ID and bookmark: I wish I could say we never made a mistake in this office. But we do. However, the suggestion that this office would be a party to a dark conspiracy to depress voter turnout among any constituency or ethnic group is contrary to the history, the commitment and ideals of this office, my staff and my life’s work. It is simply a malicious lie. We have dedicated decades of the highest public service to expand voter participation. A former President once described the vote as the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice. We agree and our professional careers attest to that high mission.
The office has promised to launch a Spanish language publicity campaign to “make sure everyone knows that the election will be held on Tuesday, November 6. Martes, 6 de Noviembre.”