As you know, the Pima County Board of Supervisors recently approved the use of voting centers in Pima County.
Now more than ever, we need YOU to show Pima County why voting centers are ESSENTIAL to creating a more equitable election process. Show your support for this decision by giving the Elections department your feedback!
Here are some talking points you can use, although we HIGHLY suggest using your own words:
- The current precinct model is overly complicated and makes it more difficult to vote.
- The precinct model puts an unnecessary burden on working families, who have to arrange their schedules and transit around getting to a specific precinct polling center. Voting centers allow voters to go to the most convenient location for them, making voting much more accessible.
- Voting centers are required to be accessible to all voters, so when choosing locations for centers, they must take into consideration those voters from communities which are often excluded from polling locations, such as rural voters.
- Voting centers are already used in 11 out of 15 counties in Arizona, leaving Pima behind the curve. Additionally, the proposed vote centers would use e-pollbook technology, which is already used by every Arizona county except for Pima County. It’s time for Pima to catch up to the rest of the state.
- Voting centers make voting both faster and more secure, cutting down check-in times significantly and eliminating human error from the check-in process.
- Voting centers would save Pima County over $100,000 per election by reducing the need for provisional ballots.
Moving from our current outdated system to the vote center model is not a scary new leap: it’s just catching us up to the times.
Make your voice heard and let Pima County Elections know that voters support vote centers NOW!
This letter sent by PCDP Chair Bonnie Heidler to the BOS
February 14, 2022
Pima County Board of Supervisors
33 N Stone Ave., 11th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
Via Email to COB_mail@pima.gov
Dear Pima County Supervisors:
I am writing to you on behalf of the Pima County Democratic Party (PCDP) regarding vote centers and electronic poll books. At the PCDP Executive Committee meeting on February 7, 2022, we passed a motion to support the adoption of vote centers and electronic poll books to be discussed at your February 15, 2022 meeting. The PCDP Platform supports access to, and participation in our democracy, of which easy access to voting is
essential. The proposed vote centers and electronic poll books ensure that everyone in Pima County can easily cast a ballot, thus participating in democracy.
Eleven of the 15 counties in Arizona already have vote centers. Rural areas in Pima County already use vote centers. By implementing this proposal, the entire county will be able to drop off a ballot or vote in person regardless of where their precinct is located. With this technology in place, election security and efficiency will be increased, provisional ballots will be eliminated, ballots will be counted faster, and voters will have increased
access to voting.
However, time is of the essence for the 2022 election. In order to have a smooth transition from precinct location voting to vote centers, sufficient equipment and back-up plans, training of staff to handle problems, and a robust public information campaign, your approval at the February 15 meeting is essential.
In cooperation with the Recorder’s Office and Pima County Elections Department, the Pima County Democratic Party is ready to help promote the vote centers through our social media outlets and our outreach to voters.
Chair, Pima County Democratic Party
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