Last week seven-day moving average of daily new cases of COVID-19 neared the summer high for Pinal County and the state of Arizona. Please be careful and stay safe as you celebrate. Vaccines are on the way, but it will be a while before most of us will be able to get them.
Thanks to our veterans for your service. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors held a pre-recorded ceremony for Veterans Day. It took place at the Pinal County 1891 Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom. You can enjoy this virtual tribute wherever you may be. We would like to thank them for this. Please stay safe.
If you have questions about Tuesday’s election and voted in Pinal County, please take a moment to read this update from the Elections Director, Michele Forney. She addresses a number of concerns that have appeared on social media since the election. The update may also answer questions you have had about the process of counting ballots and when you can expect to see information about your ballot on my.arizona.vote.
Pinal County is very short-handed and needs Poll Workers to staff the polls on Election Day for the Primary and General Elections, August 4 and November 3. The county has 97 polling places where workers are required.
Workers earn $150 per election plus $50 for attending a mandatory training class. You must be registered to vote in Pinal County and willing to work long hours on election days (typically from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. You must remain non-partisan while working as a poll worker.
The county has online resources where you can learn more about the rewards, requirements, and training. There’s also an on-line application form. Training typically takes place about six weeks before the election.
Mike Goodman is the Pinal County Supervisor for District 2, which covers much of San Tan Valley. He wrote about the statewide curfew on Facebook Sunday afternoon. We’re publishing his full statement…
“I just received the following update from our Governor’s office and wanted to share. I am saddened to see what is happening across our country and my prayer is that we can move forward with love and influence positive change. In light of everything that is going on, please stay safe. More updates to come.
Governor Doug Ducey today issued a statewide Declaration of Emergency, including putting in place a curfew starting at 8:00 p.m. tonight. The curfew is in effect from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. and shall expire on Monday, June 8, at 5:00 a.m. unless further extended. The text of the order is available here.
This order gives law enforcement an additional tool to prevent the lawlessness we’ve seen in cities here and nationwide. For that reason, exemptions under the declaration are broad, including individuals traveling directly to and from work; attending religious services; commercial trucking and delivery services; obtaining food; caring for a family member, friend, or animal; patronizing or operating private businesses; seeking medical care or fleeing dangerous circumstances; and travel for any of the above services. Today’s declaration also authorizes an expanded National Guard mobilization to protect life and property throughout the state.
Please continue to share information with our office, monitor the situation in your community carefully, and be completely mobilized and prepared. We need every member of your law enforcement prepared tonight and through this week.