Maricopa County Recorder
Helen Purcell (Republican) was elected to the office of Maricopa County Recorder in November 1988; is now serving her 7th term. Born in Topeka, Kansas, she’s been a Phoenix resident since 1964. Ms. 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 served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties (NACo) from 1997 until 2008. Presently she is a member of the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA); the Board of Directors of Kids Voting-Arizona; the National Association of County Recorders and Clerks (NACRC); and the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Elections Officials and Treasurers. In May 1998, Ms. Purcell received the National Kids Voting Excellence Award. She currently serves as Chairman of NACo’s IT Committee and is a member of the Telecommunications and Technology Committee. In 2003 she was appointed by the President of NACo to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Board of Advisors. In June 2004 Ms. Purcell was appointed by the Chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to the newly formed Technical Guidelines Development Committee - its purpose: to draft standards for all voting systems in the United States. Because of her leadership, ingenuity and excellence Helen was presented the prestigious 2010 NACRC Public Official of the Year Award. In December 2008 she was appointed a member of the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Board of Directors, now serving as Secretary.
Ms. Purcell’s statutory duties and responsibilities include recording and maintaining, for permanent public record, 3,000 to 7,000 document per day (digital recording is 80% of the daily recording) and maintaining voter registration rolls for over 1,900,000 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, school districts, special districts, and other jurisdictions.
The office has received many achievement awards for Digital Recording, use of the internet in the redistricting process and a special achievement GIS Award from Environmental Systems Research Institute.
Her office has processed over one-million documents each year since 1999, reaching 1,974,576 in 2005.