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  Purcell, Helen
NameHelen Purcell
, Arizona , United States
Born Unknown
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Apr 28, 2005 12:15am
InfoHelen Purcell (Republican), elected to the office of Maricopa County Recorder in November 1988, is now serving her 5th term and is the second woman to hold this position since 1871. Born in Topeka, Kansas, she’s been a Phoenix resident since 1964. Mrs. Purcell began her business career with T. J. Bettes Mortgage Company in Texas, subsequently becoming a real estate trust officer with Stewart Title & Trust of Phoenix. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties (NACo) serving since December 1997, co-chair of the Electronic Recording Committee of the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA), a member of the Board of Directors of the Kids Voting-Arizona, member of the National Association of County Recorders and Clerks (NACRC), and the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Elections Officials and Treasurers. In May 1998, Purcell received the National Kids Voting Excellence Award. In October of 2002 she was appointed to serve on NACo’s Telecommunications and Technology Steering Committee, and in 2003 was appointed by the President of NACo to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Board of Advisors. In June 2004, Helen was appointed by the Chairman of the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to the newly formed Technical Guidelines Development Committee – its purpose is to draft standards for all voting systems in the U.S. She has two grown sons, Mark and Todd, and four grandsons.

Mrs. Purcell’s statutory duties and responsibilities include recording and maintaining, for permanent public record, 6,500 to 10,000 documents per day (digital recording is about 45% of the daily recording) and maintaining voter registration rolls for over 1,500,000 registered voters. She is responsible for administering the Elections Department which conducts all national, state and county wide elections, and provides support for cities, towns, schools, and other jurisdictions.

On April 3, 2000, the Maricopa County Elections Department’s Vote-By-Mail technology became part of the 2000 Computerworld Smithsonian Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D. C. Nominated by Michael Dell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dell Computer Corporation, Mrs. Purcell and her department encourage voters of America’s 4th largest county to request mail-in ballots by phone, mail, internet, or walk-in, increasing overall voter participation as mail-in ballots grow to account for over 50% of the total ballots cast.

The office has received many achievement awards for Digital Recording, use of the internet in the



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