By PAUL GUTIERREZ (KYMA)
YUMA — County officials in Yuma aren't commenting about a recent wave of voter fraud accusations here because no formal complaint has been made yet. The Secretary of State's Office on the other hand is speaking out and it believes the controversy is overblown.
At issue is the unusually large amount of people signing up for Arizona's Permanent Early Voting List. A recent surge in requestors this election cycle raised some eyebrows at the Yuma County Recorder's Office and caught the attention of national media outlets, but the Secretary of State's Office isn't raising any flags just yet.
"We want people to understand that we're not talking about people registering to vote frauduently. Some of these individuals had their forms rejected because they were already on that list to begin with or they were ineligible to vote."
In a press release, Yuma County acknowledges more than 14,000 requests have been processed this year with 8,000 of them approved and the rest tossed out. The County tells News 11 it won't launch an investigation into the matter unless a formal complaint is filed.
If you or anyone you know suspects voter fraud, you're urged to call the Yuma County Recorder's Office and report it immediately. The number is (928) 373-6020.