We've Got an Emergency on our Hands -- But We Can Stop It
The man in this campaign photo was elected Maricopa County Recorder, pledging to end mismanagement of the office. Now, he's on a tear to funda-mentally change the precinct system all over the County!
Transparency is entirely lacking. What conservative researchers have found out, so far, makes clear that the Republican Party is losing precincts and PCs, neighborhood voting places are being replaced by more "regionalized," locations. Read on. There's much more, and it's not looking good. But the Board of Supervisors can STOP it, by ruling against the plan, IF we, the PEOPLE flood them with emails immediately! (See instructions and Supervisors' emails below. The deadline is the 22nd of September, so please act now.)
This latest emergency is called “reprecincting,” and it's being quite hastily rolled out by our new Maricopa County Recorder, Adrian Fontes—a Democrat. In my opinion, this is a clearly partisan plan that is being rushed into actio,n so it can distort the results of the upcoming 2018 elections, in favor of the Democrats. This is just one of many sudden changes we have seen, all of which point to an effort to "take" Arizona, by an electoral "storm." That is proof enough for me that this untransparent plan is probably loaded with deleterious changes that will place Republican candidates at clear disadvantage. Here are just a few:
The plan is rejiggering precincts where Republicans have a clear majority, which causes many more Democratic voters fall into those precincts. They are expunging AND combining Republican precincts, thus lowering the number of GOP precincts AND of PC slots. The recorder’s website purports to explain this program to interested citizens. Go to the reprecincting page and see if you agree that it isn’t explaining things cogently. explainedhttps://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/reprecincting.aspx
On the contrary, it obfuscates! It masks the real intentions of the changes being made. This must be stopped! Throw your weight into this. We only have till the 22nd to notify each member of the Board of Supervisors to vote against approving this! They have full authority to stop this, but only if you give them a compelling reason to bother doing so. Here is a sample letter to the supervisors, plus the email addresses of the supervisors, see below:
I have very serious concerns about the hasty and unnecessary “reprecincting" program being conducted by our newly elected county recorder.
In multiple ways, this plan creates unnecessary costs, unfairness, inconvenience and confusion among citizen voters. It also noticeably reduces the number of Republican precincts, thus also the number of GOP pcs for get-out-the-vote purposes.
The map provided on the recorder’s website is all-but-impossible to read. No instructions are provided, nor is there a contact phone or email where people can direct their inevitable questions. It concerns me that this is the case. Does it mean that the makers of that map really don’t want people to be able to understand the changes that have been made? How are citizens to find out whether they approve or disapprove of the changes being made so quickly, when the website we paid for to provide us clarification fails to provide it?
In addition, this significant upheaval of the precinct system seems to be happening rather speedily. It seems clear that our new recorder wants the changes in place for the upcoming 2018 elections. Is that because the changes will make it easier for Democrats to win? No citizen wants a precinct system that is skewed in favor of one party over the other. Since there is sufficient evidence to warrant concern in this area, it seems to me absolutely necessary to stop this plan from continuing, either permanently or until such time as every facet of it can be properly vetted. That is where your power and authority are a godsend to a concerned citizenry.
There's more! The Citizens Academy is not being promulgated enough. It doesn’t even have its own tab on the recorder’s website. By far most of the citizens of the county do NOT know about the Citizen’s Academy.
The proper time to reprecinct is AFTER the census. Why is the recorder doing this now, well BEFORE the next census? That means he sees nothing wrong in paying the cost of reprecincting TWICE within a fairly short time. That is an unnecessary and very poor use of public moneys. The Supervisors have a responsibility to prevent such egregious and unnecessary expenditures, I believe. Please honor that responsibility now, to prevent a travesty.
More importantly, you, the Board of Supervisors, being in charge of elections for the county, have all the authority you need to stop this plan. In fact, you literally ARE the only authority who can stop it. We, the citizens who elected you, are depending on you to do the right thing, here. In conscience, I believe you must do the right thing by stopping this hasty and wasteful initiative. It is TOO hasty, doubles the expense unnecessarily, confuses voters—especially older voters who are also greatly inconvenienced by it. It lays a thumb on the scale, in favor of the Democratic Party, vs. the Republican Party, by decreasing the total number of Republican precincts, thus greatly decreasing the number of pcs available for get-out-the-vote efforts. That is a blatant unfair tactic that the Supervisors cannot ignore.
As the Board of Supervisors, you are in charge of elections. That gives you both the authority and the fiduciary responsibility to protect the voting citizens of Maricopa County from just this sort of partisan fiddling with parts of the elections system. At the very least, this plan must be postponed until after the census. That will avoid duplication of costs. During the delay, a proper vetting of the plan by someone with the expertise to do that properly can be ordered, as well. No bureaucrat should be allowed to upend an existing system to this degree, without proper oversight. You were elected to wield the authority of your position in defense of the voters of Maricopa County. With authority comes the responsibility to prevent the distortion of the precinct system which is being done at an unnatural time—prior to the upcoming census that would then trigger the natural overview of elections systems, in view of statistical changes. Sincerely, [Insert your name]