It seems there were some problems with voting in Arizona:
Maricopa County voters woke up with an election hangover Wednesday morning, and it wasn’t pretty.
Complaints about waits in lines that topped five hours in some locations, a shortage of ballots and inadequate staffing at the county’s 60 polling locations stoked anger and drew condemnation from Gov. Doug Ducey, lawmakers and national groups.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to launch an investigation into what he called “a fiasco.”
That’s not good, is it Governor Ducey:
Ducey called Tuesday’s long lines “unacceptable” and laid the blame on elections officials.
As an aside, both the Governor and the election officials are Republicans (I’m sure this surprises you). Onward:
Ducey signed the state budget last year that cut the funding counties needed to conduct the election, over the protests of county officials.
The governor also called for opening the presidential primary to all voters, a factor that added to the confusion as independents showed up, only to have to argue to get a ballot. Many were given provisional ballots since they weren’t registered with a party; others said they were discouraged from getting a ballot.
Previously, Maricopa County would have needed to receive federal approval for reducing the number of polling sites, because Arizona was one of 16 states where jurisdictions with a long history of discrimination had to submit their voting changes under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This type of change would very likely have been blocked since minorities make up 40 percent of Maricopa County’s population and reducing the number of polling places would have left minority voters worse off. Section 5 blocked 22 voting changes from taking effect in Arizona since the state was covered under the VRA in 1975 for discriminating against Hispanic and Native American voters.
But after the Supreme Court gutted the VRA in 2013, Arizona could make election changes without federal oversight. The long lines in Maricopa County last night were the latest example of the disastrous consequences of that decision.
My guess is that Republicans will eventually blame it all on the federal government since they didn’t step in to stop the Republicans from doing something that turned out really bad (see Flint).