GovNews: Maricopa County Recorder’s Office earns national award for new check-in system

ARTICLE | May 21, 2018

May Municipal Elections voters using updated tech today

Maricopa County, AZ

PHOENIX-- This Election Day, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office (MCRO) is proudly conducting the May Municipal Elections with an updated technology that recently won a national award for innovation.  

The May Municipal Elections are ballot-by-mail elections for Fountain Hills, Surprise and Queen Creek.

Each year, the National Association of Counties, an organization that represents and empowers counties, recognizes pioneering and effective government programs in counties across the country. The MCRO earned a 2018 Achievement Award in the category of Information Technology.

“We’re back on top! Our people have created the next generation of election equipment in-house and I couldn’t be more proud. With this new system, the voters win,” Fontes said.

NACo is honoring Maricopa County’s program titled “The Sitebook: Improving Voter Experience and Election Security.” The Sitebook is a staff-driven, designed and constructed voter check-in system that the Elections Department introduced during the November 2017 jurisdictional elections, less than a year after Recorder Fontes was elected into office.  

The new program is receiving national attention for reducing the average check-in time at the polls to under one minute. It has also led to a substantial reduction in provisional ballots, which is one of the program’s most significant improvements.  

“Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day,” NACo President Roy Charles Brookes said. “Achievement award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents.”

NACo will recognize Maricopa County, and the other award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition, July 13-16, in Nashville Tennessee.  

Since 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program has recognized county government innovations. The organization judges each nominee on its own merits and not against the other applications received. 

For more information:

National Organization of Counties: www.NACo.Org

Maricopa County Recorder’s Office: www.Recorder.Maricopa.Gov

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