“Throughout the county, but especially in Phoenix, thousands of citizens waited in line for three, four, and even five hours to vote,” Mayor Greg Stanton wrote in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “Many more simply could not afford to wait that long, and went home. This is unacceptable anywhere in the United States, and I am angry that County elections officials allowed it to happen in my city.”
Stanton blamed the voting chaos on a “disparate distribution of polling stations,” saying that some areas, especially those with higher minority populations, were lacking in voting sites.
According to the mayor, Maricopa County authorities cut the total number of polling places by 85 percent compared with the 2008 primary, and by 70 percent compared with the primary in 2012…
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, who received almost 40 percent of the vote in Arizona, applauded the Phoenix mayor’s request after emailing his supporters earlier this week, saying, “what happened yesterday in Arizona should be considered a national disgrace.”
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