In what some say is a thinly veiled attempt to implement virtual ballot harvesting under the guise of public safety, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes is suing to be allowed to use virtual technology in November’s general election.
What @RecorderFontes is asking for is consistent with the guidance I provided to ensure that all voters—including those in long term care facilities—can still participate in this election.
The right to vote is fundamental. Even in a pandemic. https://t.co/Tv4bAqdLQa
— Secretary Katie Hobbs (@SecretaryHobbs) September 25, 2020
Last week Governor Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs squabbled over issue. Ducey and other county election officials believe the changes Hobbs and Fontes want are illegal.
“The responsibility of election officials to uphold our constitution and the laws is not only a crucial responsibility, it should stand as the final test on whether changes to our election policies and procedures are appropriate — no exceptions,” Ducey responded o Hobbs. “The only was we can ensure the integrity of our election system is to refrain from changes in the middle of an election cycle. This isn’t the time to experiment.”
Ducey’s office has asked Attorney General Mark Brnovich to review the matter.
Election integrity is paramount and the Governor should call the Legislature into Special Session immediately to stop @SecretaryHobbs and/or any other election official from making a mockery of our election laws. @AZGOP pic.twitter.com/iquuiPVGgA
— Michelle Ugenti-RITA (@MichelleUgenti) September 23, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Maricopa County Recorder's Office files suit to protect ballot access for at risk voters in medical isolation pic.twitter.com/mqJtNzxUvM
— Adrian Fontes, Maricopa County Recorder (@RecorderFontes) September 25, 2020