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Pinal County Opens New $32 Million Pinal VOTES Election Center

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On the morning of June 11, 2024, Pinal County officials and community members gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Pinal VOTES Center—an advanced facility designed to enhance the county's election operations. VOTES stands for Voter Operations Technology and Election Services.

Located in Florence at 320 West Adamsville Road, the $32 million center was constructed in just sixteen months. Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Jeffrey McClure lauded the rapid construction as a "Herculean Effort." With staff already settled in, the facility is set to host the upcoming Primary Election on July 30th.

The new 53,000 sq ft building is over four times larger than the previous facility in Coolidge, offering ample space for future expansion to accommodate Pinal County's anticipated population growth. It boasts significant improvements in security, processes, and transparency.

The project was spearheaded by Recorder Dana Lewis, Supervisor Jeffrey McClure (Chairman of the Board during the project's inception in 2022), and County Management. Swan Architects and FCI Constructors played key roles in the facility's design and construction. One notable feature of the new building is the 'Fishbowl,' a viewing room that provides a 360-degree view of the election processes, allowing public oversight at any time.

Recorder Dana Lewis and the Elections Department are offering 'Tuesday Tours' of the new Pinal VOTES Center for community members. Tours can be booked through the Pinal County website.

At the event, Recorder Dana Lewis expressed her pride in the new facility, saying, "This structure is the culmination of countless hours of hard work, dedication, and collaboration. It is a testament to the unwavering commitment of all of those who have labored to bring this project from thoughts and lines on paper to brick-and-steel reality. It is here that the will of the electorate will be faithfully and accurately recorded. To the voters of Pinal County: May this building remind you of the sacred right that we have as citizens of a free country to exercise our voice through our vote."

Mike Goodman, Chairman of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, also addressed the attendees, stating, "It was the goal and the intent of our Board of Supervisors to set things in motion that would help restore the confidence in our God-given right to voice ourselves and to have those voices heard. Dana and the elections staff have worked tirelessly to address areas of concern, make improvements, and carry out our elections as transparently and accurately as possible."

The Pinal VOTES Center stands as a symbol of the county's commitment to ensuring secure, transparent, and efficient elections. Residents are encouraged to visit the center and take part in the 'Tuesday Tours' to learn more about the new facility and the election processes it supports.
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