Recording Shows Maricopa County Recorder Richer Made Promises His Office Failed To Deliver On

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In June 2020, amidst the constraints of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Stephen Richer, presently serving as the Maricopa County Recorder, was observed participating in a Republican fundraiser. At the core of his platform was a commitment to restoring both lawfulness and fairness to the recorder’s office—a pledge he asserted had been neglected by the previous officeholder, current Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, to the voters of Arizona.

“I’m Stephen Richer. I’m running for Maricopa County Recorder. That is the office that oversees elections, and I’m running against Democrat, Adrian Fontes. Who actually has a record, and he governs like somebody who has a record in fact,” he says. Following the General Election, Stephen Richer secured victory over Adrian Fontes. In 2022, Richer acknowledged and praised Fontes for his responsible handling as the County Recorder during the 2020 election cycle.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer has become the focal point of various controversies since assuming office. This has prompted constituents and fellow Republicans to question whether he is the suitable candidate for Arizona, especially since he has declared his intention to seek re-election for a second term.

The Arizona Senate passed SB1485 which promised to clean up the permanent early voting list in March of 2021. The proposed legislation would require officials to remove a voter from the Early Voting List (EVL) if the individual neglects to cast an early ballot in both the primary and general elections for two consecutive instances where a federal, statewide, or legislative race is present on the ballot.

The legislation mandates that counties must provide advance notification to a voter before proceeding with their removal from the Early Voting List (EVL).

Merissa Hamilton, Chairwoman of and a AZGOP member of CD1, tells me “Stephen is blocking in person inspection of our voting records during the election.”…..


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