Election & Voter Registration tips

    October 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Dusenberry-River branch library
    5605 E River Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85750

    “Elections and Voter Registration Tips Presented by Barbara Tellman, Vice Chair of the Pima County Election Integrity Commission, and Elaine Lim, Co-Chair of the PCDP Elections Committee. Do you wonder if all the ballots are counted accurately? Is the possibility of the Russians (or anyone else) hacking our systems keeping you up at night? Is there anything we can do to prevent voter suppression? What do I need to know to register voters? Barbara and Elaine will answer these questions and any others you might have regarding our election systems. Sunday, October 1 Dusenberry River Library 5605 E. River Road.”

    Hosted by LD 9 Democrats.


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. About 30 people at this session to hear Barbara and Elaine present on elections. Barbara first gave history of voting in Arizona (saloons, only men, then voting machines in 1930s, punch ballots 1950s, then scanning machines in 1990s). Then Elaine explained the voting process today, signature verification by the Recorder’s office, then processing inbatches by Elections Dept. seeking to figure out “intent” of voter with problematic ballots. They count about 30,000/40,000 ballots a day 5 to 6 days before the election (Early Ballots), but no votes are calculated till Election Night. Provisional ballots done later, with a hand count audit done randomly 4 days later on a Saturday with Dem/Republican Party observers. Job of PCS is to educate voters about how to vote, lessen mistakes. Biggest problem now is voter apathy and low turn out.
      Then Barbara presented on the history of voting in U.S. with only white men in the beginning, then black men, then Indians, then women. She reported that most voters are over age of 50 who do turn out. John Brakey of AuditAZ present today.

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