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On January 16, 2019, with the support of the County Recorder, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved directing the County Manager to form a work group to gather and compile information necessary to prepare a set of recommendations regarding the structure, staffing and technology resources of the ElectionsDepartment. In a press releaseon the same date, “Today’s vote comes after many months of discussion about how the Maricopa County Elections Department can best serve the voters of our community,” said Recorder Adrian Fontes. “In conjunction with the Board of Supervisors and the leadership of Chairman Gates, I look forward to a top-to-bottom review of the needs of the department, including a state-of-the-art tabulation system to better process ballots. Only through a complete assessment of all options for administration of elections, and well formulated recommendations by the committee, will Maricopa County pave the way for the future of this vital function of government.
Charter InformationThrough a resolution adopted November 23, 1955, the Board of Supervisors established the ElectionsDepartment, appointed the department head and directed the department to dispatch the legal responsibilities of the Board and the Recorder’s Office in conducting elections.On October 6, 1975, the Recorder, the Board of Supervisors, and the Clerk of the Board agreedin conceptthat all election related activities should be handled by a single department.The adopted ElectionsDepartment Charter outlined that the Recorder, the Board,and the Clerk of the Board will mutually appoint a Director of Elections. This charter established a sharedreporting structure for the Director of Elections.The director serves at the direction of the County Recorder, Clerk of the Board orBoard of Supervisorswhen performing the statutory responsibilities assigned to each of those entities. Furthermore, the director will be responsible for all operational and administrative matters within the Elections Department. In May 1977, the Board and Clerk of the Board, possessing special trust and confidence in the abilities of the County Recorder, did verbally appoint the Recorder to act operationally and administratively on their behalf on all management matters concerning the Department of Elections.On August 21, 1978 the charter was amended and clarified that the Director of Elections serves at the pleasure of the County Recorder. On March 15, 1982 the charter was amended for the sole purpose of documenting the appointment of a new Clerk of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Then again on February 19, 1985 the charter was amended by having those current officers sign the document.
NOTE: This is a very long report. It comes to a conclusion. You should read carefully even though some of it is dry reading.