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Some voter ID cards printed in Spanish show wrong election date

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The Arizona Democratic Party is calling for a meeting with the Maricopa County Recorder following yet another error in connection with the upcoming election.

The wrong election date was printed on the mailer that comes with your voter ID that you punch out.

The error was only made in Spanish, but some worry it will cause voters to show up on the wrong day.

The recorder says it only affects a few dozen cards but others aren't convinced it's not more widespread.

"We want to make sure no one's vote is jeopardized in any way," says Frank Camacho, Arizona State Democratic Party.

The Arizona Democratic Party isn't happy about the Maricopa County Recorder's latest blunder.

The recorder's office confirms the paperwork that accompanied some voter ID cards has the wrong election date printed in Spanish. The date is shown as November 8th instead of the 6th.

The recorder's office believes the mistake affects less than 50 of the more than 2 million voter ID cards issued.

"We want to meet with them to talk about this find out how it happened and what steps taken to rectify the situation to make sure it wasn't wide spread as we think it potentially could be," says Camacho.

"I have total confidence in all the elections officials throughout the state," says Tom Morrissey, Arizona Republican Chair.

Morrissey says he's certain the error was just that.

"When you have the volume of people we have voting you're bound to have some things fall through the cracks. That's always the exception and never the rule in Arizona," says Morrissey.

"My concern is what about those disenfranchised voters, they do believe what's in print, they do, that's the important part," says Lydia Guzman, League of United Latin American Citizens

Lydia Guzman worked in the election division for the secretary of state's office.

She says the Maricopa County Recorder hasn't properly notified voters of new polling locations, and last week, the recorder's office acknowledged, two withdrawn school board candidates names were inadvertently printed on a ballot.

"When its time to print they should have several sets of eyes on the ballot before it goes to print and that's not what happened here," says Guzman. "These kinds of errors are never acceptable."

The recorder's office says a programming error is to blame for the misprint. They wouldn't talk with us on camera, but a spokesperson for Recorder Helen Purcell admits mistakes do happen saying, "we're the first to admit we're not perfect."

The election is Tuesday, November 6th.

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