By Gina Swoboda
I met with a member of Recorder Fontes’ community outreach staff today to get a better understanding of the changes they are making.
The Democrats are very active and fully funded and have been volunteering in droves, recently doubling their County PCs from 759 to 1500.
We have in my opinion, a great need to get Republicans signed up to volunteer to be part of the process to ensure integrity within the system.
The County Recorder’s office requires ‘opposing’ parties to participate on Citizen Boards.
These are the people who look at the mail in ballots and cross check each other’s work. One person will usually be a Democrat, and with low GOP participation, the cross checker will be a Green or Libertarian.
We really need Republicans on these boards. Fontes’ office is limiting the duration of the shifts, they will no longer be 12-15 hours long with people sleeping in their cars.
Poll watchers are absolutely still needed, but I think that, in light of the changes we are seeing, it is imperative that we get Republicans inside the process.
****There will be a volunteer orientation on Saturday, June 10th from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the downtown ballot processing facility on the corner of Lincoln and 3rd Ave. (not the main office building near sheriff’s dept.). There will be an opportunity to hear what they are doing and volunteer if desired.****
Details as provided by the Recorder’s office:
Orientation Program- the Recorder’s Office is initiating on June 10th, Saturday from 10:00-Noon. In our efforts to professionalize and legitimize roles for those who are interested in helping the Recorder’s election efforts by; registering voters, helping at election sites, and as citizen board members, we have defined a program for everyone to attend.
High level overview to include:
- A Volunteer Orientation Program – which everyone will need to attend once (first one is June 10th.)
- 4 levels of exceptional volunteer work will be available
LD23 PC, Maricopa Precinct