Democrats plan to sue Arizona officials over primary voting controversy
Apr 17, 2016 09:30 AM EDT
The Democratic Party has joined forces with Hillary Clinton campaign to sue Arizona state officials over voting problems in last month's presidential primary. The issues involve allowing the voters to wait in long lines that led to them waiting hours to vote.
According to Fox News, a senior party official has confirmed the lawsuit filed by the Democrats. In their statement, "The suit is a response to decisions that caused extremely long lines and needlessly disenfranchised voters, especially minority voters, during the state's March 22nd presidential primary election, and includes affected voters the Arizona Democratic Party, and the Ann Kirkpatrick for Senate campaign as plaintiffs." The suit named Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell as the defendants in the case.
Reuters reported that due to a decision where there is a reduced polling locations in Maricopa County, a five-hour waiting line were experienced by the voters during the primary in March 22. The Democratic National Committee also questions the state's "arbitrary rejection of provisional ballots at alarming rates," with a large number coming from minority voters. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is alarmed on the movements of Republicans as the DNC chair said "Republicans are using every tool, every legal loophole and every fear tactic they can think of to take aim at voting rights wherever they can."
Yahoo wrote that there is a nominating contest for the Nov. 8 presidential election as it was won by Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. The campaigns of both nominees said they are going to join the lawsuit.
The election became mired in the controversy from the outset as county voters spent hours to vote at one of 60 polling sites, which is a major reduction from the 200 used in 2012. They said that the decision is to cut costs. County officials are taking the blame for their move, saying they've misjudged the voter turnout based on recent history and increasing mail-in votes.