Cravens: Polling places are not partisan

Posted 10/20/20

I would like to respond to the letter to the editor by Carolyn Copeland regarding polling places.

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Cravens: Polling places are not partisan

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I would like to respond to the letter to the editor by Carolyn Copeland regarding polling places.

The first thing I notice is that she immediately tried to make her complaint a partisan issue by implying that under Helen Purcell (Republican), she could always vote in Sun City on Election Day, and now under Adrian Fontes (Democrat), she is being horribly inconvenienced by having to travel to an unknown location in Dysart.

First off, that is categorically untrue just on a factual basis.

On Nov. 3, 2020, there are two polling places that I located in Sun City per the Maricopa County Elections Department website (https://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/Default.aspx).

The first is the Mountainview Rec Center at 9749 N. 107th Ave, Sun City, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The second is the Radiant Church at 10701 W. Boswell Blvd, Sun City, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

She then adds another partisan attack (made even more popular by the current president) by blaming the “minorities” for being given equal rights and somehow implying that her rights are diminished as a result of this, as if civil rights are a zero-sum game.

I also would like to point out that the  ounty depends on local businesses to offer their sites for use as election centers, and each must meet strict Federal ADA access guidelines as well as being up to city and county code, fire code, have adequate parking and restrooms, etc. There are no dedicated county election sites that simply sit idle all year waiting for an election to come around.

I would suggest encouraging local churches, mosques, and synagogues to offer their facilities once a year to be used as voting centers as a small payback for their tax-exempt status that our government so generously bestows upon them.

Editor's note: Gregory Cravens is a resident of Peoria.

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