Maricopa County to spend $30K on election date fixes
PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County Elections Department plans to spend $30,000 for television and print ads to correct possible misperceptions among some Spanish-language voters about the date for the Nov. 6 general election.
Elections spokeswoman Yvonne Reed said incorrect dates on some materials printed in Spanish added to a general feeling that some Spanish-language voters may not be aware of the correct date. The department expects ads to begin running by Saturday.
Reed said Friday's announcement by County Recorder Helen Purcell was made with various Latino activist groups, who will also remind voters of the Nov. 6 date.
Some liberal activists had accused Purcell of trying to suppress the Hispanic vote.
The county distributed about 2,000 promotional bookmarks with the wrong date and at least one voter-ID card with an incorrect date.