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  • Supervisors schedule special meeting Oct. 21 to address election issue

    Oct 19, 2015 | Read More News
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     The Pima County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m., Oct. 21, in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 130 W. Congress St., to appoint a new member to the Accuracy Certification Board. 

    The Accuracy Certification Board consists of two members from different political parties appointed by the Board of Supervisors and who are responsible for verifying the accuracy of the computer programs used to count ballots. 

    The special meeting became necessary after the Pima County Republican Party notified the county that its member on the ACB had resigned and a new member needed to be appointed. The ACB is scheduled to meet Oct. 23 to discuss the logic and accuracy test of the ballot tabulation machines scheduled for Oct. 24. State law mandates county election departments conduct the logic and accuracy test within 30 days of the election. 

    The Board of Supervisors canceled this week’s regular meeting due to a lack of a quorum. The meeting was intended to be held Oct. 20 with a quorum of supervisors Ally Miller, Ramón Valadez and Richard Elías, however, Supervisor Elías is unable to attend the meeting due to a death in his family. Board Chair Sharon Bronson and Supervisor Ray Carroll are in Washington D.C. this week meeting with federal officials.

    Because of the time difference, the 2 p.m. meeting time is the end of the day in Washington D.C. and the end of the scheduled meetings for supervisors Bronson and Carroll. Both are expected to be able to participate in the special meeting by telephone. 

    An item to consider whether to approve conducting a spot hand-count audit of early ballots also will be on the special meeting agenda. Supervisors had passed the item Oct. 6 but with the contingency that the Arizona Attorney General issue an opinion that conducting such an audit will not violate state law. The Arizona Secretary of State provided an opinion this afternoon that such an audit is not a violation of state law, but the county is still waiting on the Attorney General’s opinion. 

    Nevertheless, Chair Bronson asked the item be placed on the special meeting agenda in case the county receives the Attorney General’s opinion before the meeting.  

    View the agenda for the special meeting.