Ardy's Record

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The record shows that Ardy has significantly improved the City of Glendale’s election system, and his commitment to transparency has helped restore trust in government.

Ardy was praised by the LA Times for greatly improving the voting experience for Glendale’s citizens. In its 2013 endorsement of Ardy, the Los Angeles Times said that he had “greatly improved the voting experience for Glendale’s citizens.” They specifically noted “the outreach Kassakhian's office has done with the Claremont McKenna Rose Institute… In addition, the website glendalevote.org is a tremendous election resource and the envy of neighboring cities.” The Times concluded that “Kassakhian has shown during his first two terms that he continually works to make his office more efficient, transparent and responsive.” [Los Angeles Times, 3/22/13]

During Ardy’s tenure, Glendale considered on “leading edge” of improving elections. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Douglas Johnson, a fellow at the Claremont McKenna Rose Institute of State and Local Government (RISLOG), which created Glendale's online election mapping tool, said the city is a leader when it comes to improving elections. “Glendale is certainly on the leading edge of looking for ways to improve the [elections] process,” he said. [Los Angeles Times, 3/12/13]

Ardy’s office lauded for efficiency and accuracy of the Glendale election system. The Claremont McKenna Rose Institute of State and Local Government documented and evaluated the City of Glendale’s existing election administration process. They determined that City Clerk Kassakhian “runs an efficient, accurate, and modern election system.” [RISLOG, Glendale Elections Recommendations, 12/10/14]

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Ardy’s office commended for innovation and improvements to the Glendale election system – working with the Rose Institute to aim for new heights of transparency, efficiency, and public engagement. The Claremont McKenna Rose Institute of State and Local Government evaluation concluded that “The City is to be commended for the many innovative elements it has already implemented, and the public clearly appreciates the improvements that have been made in recent elections. The Rose Institute recommendations are not criticisms. Rather they are suggestions for fine tuning and aiming for new heights of transparency, efficiency, and public engagement.” [RISLOG, Glendale Elections Recommendations, 12/10/14]

Internal audits were requested by Ardy to guide his efforts to improve his office’s performance. As City Clerk, Ardy joined the Glendale City Manager in requesting internal audits to “improve the existing process further” and to “provide assurance that controls were in place to ensure that ballots were properly handled.” [City of Glendale Election Oversight Audit, 6/30/09]

Internal audits noted that Ardy’s office adequately processed and appropriately handled ballots. Each Election Oversight Audit prefaced its recommendations for improvement by noting that the City Clerk’s office had an adequate process in place to ensure the appropriate handling of ballots during a municipal election. [City of Glendale, Election Oversight Audits 6/5/07, 6/30/09, 6/20/11 and 6/13/13]

Internal audits noted that its purpose was advisory and intended to add additional oversight to improve the process. Each audit indicated that its purpose was to provide additional oversight and to further improve the existing, functioning election process. [City of Glendale, Election Oversight Audits 6/5/07, 6/30/09, 6/20/11 and 6/13/13]

The audit documents were collaborative between the City Clerk’s office and the Internal Audit. Each audit included the City Clerk’s response to the recommendation - which is consistently to implement each recommendation. As such, these audits have been collaborative, interdepartmental documents. Each audit noted the successful and timely implementation of the recommendations described in the previous election’s Election Oversight audit. [City of Glendale, Election Oversight Audits 6/5/07, 6/30/09, 6/20/11 and 6/13/13]