Election Integrity

Breaking Updates on All Election Integrity Issues

MARICOPA COUNTY REPRECINCTING DECISION ANNOUNCED: Thank you to all the PCs, activists and voters who contacted the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors about County Recorder Fontes’ planned Reprecincting.

Thanks to the overwhelming feedback from the community and the responsiveness of the Board to our concerns, the Board announced today that they will NOT approve the 563 proposed changes, instead limiting changes to a small number of precincts that truly needed adjustment.

See draft precinct changes map, note only precincts marked in green stripes have been affected, disregard all other draft changes, they were not approved: Precinct Changes Map

Reprecincting is allowed under ARS 16-411, and our Board ensured the changes were only granted in precincts where it was truly needed, i.e.: due to growth, (Desert Haven has 13,000 voters, the goal is 4-5,000 per precinct), to eliminate splits of precincts between two jurisdictions (i.e. Dover Precinct is split between Mesa and Tempe), and in one instance in an unoccupied area, a change on South Mountain to assist census block boundaries. Justice Precinct changes are not being made at this time.

Many thanks to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and to everyone who took part in the effort to prevent wholesale Reprecincting ahead of the next census.

Elections Integrity is, for me, all about the process.

The process of voter registration.

The process of voter identity verification.

The process of vote tabulation.

The procedures in place for casting votes.

The procedures in place for reporting election results.

It has been a true joy for me this past year working on Elections Integrity issues.

I have spent 2017 immersed in process, procedures, research and the laws: county, state and Federal, that control our voting process.

I have spent many months volunteering and training with the Maricopa County Recorder’s office in order to fully understand, first hand, the changes being proposed and implemented.

I have met with the stakeholders and officials, both elected and appointed, who make the decisions and implement the legislation and procedures that constitute our elections process at the city, county, State, and Federal level.

It has been my great honor to have been invited to address some of the most active, engaged, *amazing* groups of citizens who are incredibly passionate about protecting our electoral process.

Thank you to everyone who gave me the opportunity to speak, who took time from their busy schedules to listen, and who took action, via calls, emails, letters and public comments to the Board of Supervisors, to protect our voting precincts here in Maricopa County.

My *sole* focus has been, and will continue to be, the preservation of the integrity of the voting process: from the initial outreach/contact at Voter Registration, through the ballot casting procedure, and ending with the reporting of election results based on vote tabulation.

Midterm elections are coming, and 2020 is just around the bend. If we preserve election integrity we will Make America Great Again.

To this end, in 2018 and beyond, I will continue to make this my focus, in the hope that with enough energy and commitment we can ensure the Constitutional Republic is protected ‘for ourselves and our posterity’.

God Bless America

-Gina Swoboda, Elections Integrity