Monday, 04 April 2016 22:48

Justice Department to investigate Maricopa County in election fiasco

Written by Michael Kiefer | The Arizona Republic
Voters waited in line at Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mesa. Some voters reported waiting in line for several hours. Voters waited in line at Pilgrim Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mesa. Some voters reported waiting in line for several hours. Michael Chow/The Republic

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice informed the Maricopa County Recorder's Office on Friday that it was investigating how the office handled the March 22 Presidential Preference Election.

County Recorder Helen Purcell and her elections director, Karen Osborne, seriously misjudged voter turnout for the races pitting Donald Trump against Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton against Bernie Sanders. After the number of polling places was cut to 60 from a 2012 total of 200, voters waited in line for up to five hours to vote. Some polling places stayed open until after midnight to accommodate voters who were already in line at 7 p.m. when the polls officially closed.

In a letter dated April 1, Chris Herren, chief of the DOJ's Civil Rights Voting Section, asked for information to be turned over by April 22.Procedures for determining the number and locations of polling places.

Herren asked for:

  • A list of polling places.
  • Procedures for determining the number and locations of polling places.
  • Whether voters could vote at any polling places.
  • A complete list of registered voters.
  • Data totals on who cast votes.
  • Details on staff who manned the polling places.
  • Provisional ballots.
  • The actual times that polls accommodated the last of their voters.
  • Procedures for recording party registration.
  • Response to public outcry.

"It's a request for information," Osborne said.

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