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Department of Justice Investigation into Arizona Primary Begins

Department of Justice Investigation into Arizona Primary Begins
April 06
11:44 2016

Because of last month’s boondoggle during the Presidential Preference Election, the Department of Justice is requesting information from an Arizona election official due to lawmakers and activists alleging voter suppression during the primary.

Democratic lawmakers claim some working class and primarily Latino neighborhoods had no polling places.

The request for information has been sent to Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, who has until April 22nd to send the DOJ the information including a complete list of registered voters, data on voters, and staff at each polling place location, and county procedures for recording political party registration.

Maricopa County had 60 polling stations. There were at least 200 polling stations in that jurisdiction in 2012, but Republican officials said they decreased the number to save money.

Maricopa County is the largest county in Arizona and is home to one million eligible voters.

After the primary, Governor Doug Ducey said he wanted election officials to investigate why lines at polling places were so long. Many voters had to stand in line for hours, even after the polls were supposed to have been closed.

The primary was disgraceful according to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who lost the Arizona primary to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Sanders went on to say,

“In the United States of America, democracy is the foundation of our way of life. And what happened in Arizona is a  disgrace. I hope that every state in this country learns from that and learns how to put together a proper election where people can come in and vote in a timely manner and go back to work.”

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