For the first time in 27 years Maricopa County has a new recorder, Adrian Fontes. He shared at last month’s “Mesa Morning Live” how he plans to change the office.
“My main focus is to make sure everyone gets a chance to vote,” Fontes said. “I realized the only way it would happen is if I stood up and did something about it” so he decided to run for the office and won in November. He started in his position last month.
“Most people don’t know what the recorder does and my main goal is to open up to the community and let them know that they have the right to own and sell property and have the right to vote and they file the documents with us and we want to preserve that right,” Fontes continued.
He noted how the voting process has changed through the years and that now “over 80 percent vote by mail and we want to make that quicker and more efficient.”
Fontes said he’s excited to improve things at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.
“I inherited a great group of folks and we want to change how votes are counted in the elections,” he said, adding that he’s looking at voter ID laws and that it should not take as long as it has in the past to get election results.
Fontes plans to go beyond those of voting age to get them prepared for the process when they’re eligible.
“It’s important our kids are active in the voting process.”
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.