Citizens from Arizona have called for an official investigation into voter suppression after last weeks primaries revealed that thousands of votes were deliberately trashed. U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego has confirmed to angry citizens that “voter suppression happened” during a press conference last week.
The primary elections were a mess – people lined up for up to 5 hours, polling stations were deliberately low in number as compared to previous years, and news outlets and Arizona state officials declared Hillary Clinton as the winner early on – despite the fact that only a small percentage had actually cast their vote at that stage.
Governor Doug Ducey called the situation “unacceptable” and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton personally wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking for the Department of Justice to investigate.
Democrats in Arizona want the matter thoroughly investigated before the November election.
U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego stated at a press conference last week “Let’s be clear – voter suppression happened.” He further clarified saying that the issue is whether or not it was intentional.
A petition being sent to the White House is calling for signatures to conduct a “complete investigation to uncover the violations that occurred during the Arizona voting on 3/22/206 and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.” It currently has 100,000 signatures, which requires a response in 40 hours.
Maricopa County has a severe lack of polling stations. Recorder Helen Purcell has stated that she miscalculate the estimated number of needed polling stations, due to the fact that a large number of independents changed their status to Democrat in order to vote. Purcell doesn’t believe that voter suppression happened: “When you see people who are still willing to cast that vote and wait in line until well after the polls close, I don’t think that’s voter suppression.”
Bernie Sanders, who lost the Arizona primary, has called the situation a “disgrace” and hopes 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.”
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