Arizona primary fraud hearing gets ugly

Several protesters were removed from a hearing in Phoenix. The hearing centered around the Arizona primary fraud and voter suppression allegations that emerged in the wake of the March 22 voting.

Many of the state’s Hispanic voters were caught waiting in long lines for hours. In some polling stations voters were lined up well past midnight and well after Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were declared the winners.

Some voters have even claimed that the long lines disenfranchised them from voting and the Mayor of Phoenix has called on the Department of Justice to investigate.

“Our right to vote and to have that vote counted is the most direct way that citizens can participate in our political system… People tried to do our civic duty and couldn’t,” Arizona citizen Patrick Syfter said.

Maricopa County was at the heart of the worst delays. Helen Purcell, Maricopa County Recorder was responsible for cutting the number of polling stations by 70 percent on voting day. Her office also underestimated the number of eligible voters.

The result of this mismanagement that each polling station was burdened with an extra 525 voters a piece.

“We certainly made bad decisions, and having only 60 polling places, didn’t anticipate there would be that many people going to the polling places,” she said. “We were obviously wrong — that’s my fault. So we’ll certainly look at that for future elections.”

Statewide, budget cuts also meant a mass shortage of ballots. Some polling stations in Maricopa were out of ballots by 7 a.m.

Salon went so far as to accuse the whole State of Arizona of intentionally suppressing the vote via these budget cuts.

Numerous voters who switched from Independent to Democrat could not vote and were turned away or given provisional ballots which in turn were never counted,” the article quotes a White House online petition as saying. “We the people of the United States of America find this act alarming and would like a complete investigation to uncover the violations that occurred during the Arizona voting on 3/22/2016 and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.”

This is not the first example of accusations of fraud in the Democratic primary.

The Iowa Democratic Party was highly criticized after it refused to do a recount in that primary after Hillary Clinton “beat” Bernie Sanders by a razor thin 0.3 percent margin.

 

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