Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez at DGT

    January 11, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only


    fann_courtsPima County Recorder F Ann Rodriguez will be speaking on voting registration issues for the coming year.  She is up for re-election in Nov. 2016.


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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. F. Ann has served 6 terms and will be seeking her 7th this November, 2016. She spoke about setting up first early voting site at UA, creating PEVL list and wants to increase voter turnout in the future. Only about half of the ballots sent out last year were cast, with # of polling locations decreasing. She & other Recorders in AZ are pushing for all vote by mail in the counties. F. Ann talked about the upcoming Pres. Pref. Election and warned the audience that many of the candidates will drop before the 3/22 election in AZ. Questions from audience were about how long they kept records, pro/con of an elected recorder, the May 17 (Prop. 123) special election, Independents changing back to D or R after PPE, women’s vote, who is the final one to verify singatures, less polling locations w/ less employees. More info: recorder.pima.gov.

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