May 30, 2020
Contact: Lesley McKeown,
Yavapai County Democratic Party
MVD Website Changes Blocking Voters from Address Changes
Currently in our state, voters must change or update their registered addresses through ServiceArizona.com. New changes to that website now direct us to AZ MVD NOW. The changes require that a voter create an account and go through a three-step verification process to access personal information and change or update their address — a process that doesn't actually work on the site.
During a routine test-drive to confirm how the site worked, I discovered many errors and malfunctions. Concerned, I called the Office of the Secretary of State.
In that office, Senior Election Data Specialist Yolanda Morales explained that the malfunctions in the site are causing problems across the spectrum of government services, including police and courts,
adding that the problems have been flagged and all branches of state government have been alerted to the problems, including the Governor's Office. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has requested the MVD revert to the old site, but has been given no timeline for when this might occur.
Currently a voter attempting to change their address through the site will unable to do so. A press release from the Secretary of State's office is in the works, but due to the complexity of the problem they are waiting to release it until it is fully corrected.
The Secretary of State's Office directed me to tell voters who need to make address changes to contact their County Recorder office and submit a new voter-registration form to update their information.
In Yavapai County this form can be obtained by calling the Yavapai County Elections Office at
928-771-3250 and asking that the form be mailed to you, or downloading the form in PDF format, completing it and mailing it to:
Yavapai County Elections
1015 Fair St., Room # 228
Prescott, AZ 86305
You can also download the file here: Voter Registration Form
Please share this information, and together we can help voters through this challenging time. Please direct questions to Yolanda Morales, Senior Election Data Specialist, Office of the Arizona Secretary of State, 602-899-5285.
Statement from our Party Chair John Lutes on Covid19
The Yavapai County Democrats support the efforts by Congressional Democrats to have the federal government provide assistance to those who find their livelihoods and housing threatened by work stoppages related to the coronavirus pandemic.
So far we in northern Arizona are experiencing relatively low risk from the virus, but we should expect that it will come and plan accordingly, including the avoidance of large public meetings.
Due to the recent reopening of buinesses the CDC urges citizens to continue to practice
social distancing, wear masks and protective gear when in public and stay home unless absolutely necessary.
Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
Do not visit retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
Practice good hygiene:
Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
Avoid touching your face.
Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible, including your phone.
Stay home, especially if you or a loved one has an underlying medical condition or are elderly. If someone in your household has COVID-19, everyone in the household should stay home until you are recovered.
And PLEASE if you are going out into public, WEAR A MASK. For your sake and everyone else's!
Check out the CDC's Self-Checker to assess your symptoms.
More information from the CDC. Click these links
Press Release - May 19, 2020
Mingus Mountain highlights need for Covid-19 Protection, Liability and Resources
Yavapai County is not immune from the community spread of Covid-19. The recent revelation of widespread infection among the clients and staff of Mingus Mountain Academy shows us our vulnerability in stark terms, and highlights issues we must address as a community.
As former Mingus Mtn. staff, RN and health professional Linda Lutes stated, "Many of the girls coming to Mingus Mountain are high-risk and from urban centers all over the country." The close quarters and frequent interaction in that lockdown facility create high risk of community infection. Mingus Mtn. workers return to our community daily, multiplying the threat.
This incident raises important questions. Were new intakes being tested for Covid-19? When was testing available for the staff and clients of the institution? Are the staff that were infected being traced and tracked so that those who interacted with them in the community can be tested?
If Mingus Mtn. was not testing new intakes, it implies possible negligence of their duty to protect their staff and clients as well as the larger Quad-City area. But is this entirely its responsibility? The incident raises a key question facing us as we continue to fight the economic and health impacts of the pandemic: who is responsible for providing support and covering the costs of testing, tracking and tracing?
Every business and institutional workplace must be able to establish consumer and employee confidence by showing they are doing all they can to limit the spread of the virus and protect both employees and clientele. Yavapai County can better maintain vigilance against the spread of Covid-19 with support for institutions and businesses to test, track, and trace.
Currently Governor Doug Ducey has not released CARES Act money intended for smaller cities and counties. So far only Pima and Maricopa Counties and the cities of Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa have received funding. The State of Arizona should be dispersing its funding from the CARES Act to counties and cities with populations under 500,000 so institutions like Mingus can get the help they need for testing, tracking and tracing.
CARES Act funding could provide vital support to Yavapai and other counties to assist institutions like Mingus Mountain in better protecting their clients and staff and our community.
The issue of legal liability for Covid-19 exposure is rising. We can protect our businesses from liability and protect employees and clients by using CARES Act monies to fund a robust testing, tracing and tracking program. Businesses and institutions that actively participate in pursuing maximum safety procedures should be rewarded with liability protections.
The Yavapai County Democratic Party calls on Governor Doug Ducey to release the CARES Act monies to all cities and counties in Arizona to more effectively combat the spread of Covid-19.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Leslie Hoffman Yavapai County Recorder (928) 771-3244
Yavapai County Recorder Office Drop Boxes
The Yavapai County Recorder, Leslie Hoffman, would like to remind citizens that our lobbies are closed for in person document recording. However, we continue to offer two methods to record your documents.
1. Mail to:
Yavapai County Recorder 1015 Fair St., Room 228 Prescott, AZ 86305
Yavapai County Recorder 10 S. 6th St. Cottonwood, AZ 86326
2. We have re-purposed the Official Ballot Drop Boxes at the Prescott Office (1015 Fair St.) and Cottonwood
Office (10 S. 6th St.) into temporary Recorders Document Drop Boxes
THESE DROP BOXES ARE DRIVE UP ACCESSIBLE. THERE IS NO NEED TO STEP OUT OF YOUR CAR.
• Documents must be in an envelope
• Envelope can be no thicker than one half inch (1/2)
• Envelope can be no larger than 10” x 15”
• Drop off no later than 4pm for same day recording
For either method please follow instructions below:
• Review our online “Frequently Asked Questions” for recording guidelines
• Should all requirements not be met documents must be returned and not be recorded
• Funds to record must be in the envelope ($30 per document) with the document(s)
• Include a current return mail address and contact information
For questions please call: 928-771-3244