MY PLAN

The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office is a mess and we need to get it back on track.  After the multiple failures with the elections in 2018, I was selected to perform an Independent Review of the Recorder’s Office and their performance.  I identified multiple problem areas that must be addressed.  I’ve outlined these problems and my plan to address them as your County Recorder.

Problem

The Recorder mismanaged the August 2018 primary (see here) and the November 2018 general election (see here).

Solution

Instead of hiring political hacks, our top spots will go to experienced business, elections, and management professionals.

Problem

The Recorder’s Office has been unfairly partisan (e.g. sending “community relations” personnel to liberal events to register voters, but not conservative events).

Solution

We will assemble an oversight board of leaders from all parties that will meet monthly to make sure the Recorder’s Office is fairly executing its responsibilities.

Problem

The Recorder’s Office has been unfairly partisan (e.g. sending “community relations” personnel to liberal events to register voters, but not conservative events).

Solution

We will assemble an oversight board of leaders from all parties that will meet monthly to make sure the Recorder’s Office is fairly executing its responsibilities.

Problem

The Recorder’s Office made several last-minute, unilateral changes to long-standing election administration policy that caused confusion and doubt (e.g. ballot curing and emergency voting centers).

Solution

Any changes we make to election administration will be documented in writing, with explanations and reasoning, and will be released well ahead of major elections.

Problem

The Recorder’s Office hasn’t followed the law (see here).

Solution

We will let the County Attorney’s Office do its job and act as our attorney instead of making our own, unsubstantiated legal decisions. Any decisions we make that deal with legally sensitive areas will be accompanied by a legal memorandum explaining our legal authority for our actions.

Problem

The Recorder’s Office hasn’t followed the law (see here).

Solution

We will let the County Attorney’s Office do its job and act as our attorney instead of making our own, unsubstantiated legal decisions. Any decisions we make that deal with legally sensitive areas will be accompanied by a legal memorandum explaining our legal authority for our actions.

Problem

The Recorder has been abusive toward voters (see here).

Solution

We will treat every Maricopa County resident as a valued customer, have a customer support team, and will ask for regular feedback to make sure we provide a high level of service to our 4.5 million customers.

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