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Worker: System blocked some ballots in Arizona primary

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Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press
April 25, 2016 Updated: April 25, 2016 8:15pm

PHOENIX (AP) — A poll worker who was on duty during Arizona’s problematic presidential primary testified Monday that the computer system checking in voters would not allow her to give the correct ballots to 36 Democratic voters while she counted about 20 other voters that were listed in the wrong party.

The testimony by Dianne Post was heard during a hearing in a courtroom packed with voters and election officials, including Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, the top election official in the county.

A voter testified that she was incorrectly identified on Pima County’s voter rolls as an independent when she’s a Democrat.

The hearing before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Gass was convened after he rejected requests to dismiss the lawsuit.

Tucson resident John Brakey sued Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan and all 15 counties after the election. He contends long lines in Maricopa County suppressed the vote and statewide voter registration problems led to illegal vote counts. He wants the results of the March 22 primary decertified.

The attorney general says the primary results can’t be challenged.  Continue

 

Arizona poll worker testifies incorrect ballots given to Democratic voters

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Diane Post, a poll worker in Phoenix testifies about voting problems with Democrat ballots during the presidential primary election in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz., on Monday, April 25, 2016. John Brakey, from Tucson, Ariz., is challenging the outcome presidential primary election, contending that long lines in Maricopa County suppressed the vote and statewide voter registrations problems led to illegal vote counts. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)
Diane Post, a poll worker in Phoenix testifies about voting problems with Democrat ballots during the presidential primary election in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz., on Monday, April 25, 2016. John Brakey, from Tucson, Ariz., is challenging the outcome presidential primary election, contending that long lines in Maricopa County suppressed the vote and statewide voter registrations problems led to illegal vote counts. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

PHOENIX — A Maricopa County poll worker who was on duty during Arizona’s problematic presidential primary testified Monday that the computer system checking in voters would not allow her to give the correct ballots to 36 Democratic voters while she counted about 20 other voters that were listed in the wrong party.

The testimony by Dianne Post came Monday at the start of a hearing on an election challenge in a courtroom packed with voters and election officials, including Recorder Helen Purcell, the top election official in the county.

Post, an attorney, testified a machine she was using to check in voters at a Maricopa County location failed to give 36 people the proper ballot.

“Every single time it happened to me it was a Democratic voter who wasn’t able to access a Democratic ballot,” she said.

Another 22 people at her location were listed in the wrong party, she said. Her polling place also ran out of ballots for at least two congressional districts.

Alisa Wolfe, a resident of Pima County, testified her voter registration was improperly changed from Democrat to independent.

Wolfe said she was able to vote provisionally after speaking to the Pima County Recorder’s Office and being told the problem was a computer glitch.

Before testimony began, Assistant Attorney General James Driscoll-MacEachron attempted to have the legal action dismissed. Among other things, he claimed the primary doesn’t fall within the scope of what electors can challenge.

The hearing before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Gass was convened after he rejected requests to dismiss the lawsuit.

It’s expected to last two days.   Continued

Lawsuit filed from voting issues last month
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Tucson man files suit against AZ following March election

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Election Fraud: Why Are Voter Registrations Changing?

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Huge voter registration problems are plaguing states with closed primaries, leading to allegations of election fraud around the country. People who said they were previously registered Democrat or Republican suddenly found their registrations inactive or their party affiliations dropped, and now they can’t vote in their primary. These problems were a big issue in Arizona, and now they’re being seen in New York, California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and more.

Many people are concerned election fraud is happening, but others think it could be widespread clerical errors. Either way, the problem is affecting people’s ability to vote. Is your voter registration affected, too?

Here’s what you need to know.  Continued

Democratic Party, Clinton and Sanders campaigns to sue Arizona over voting rights

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The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign will sue the state of Arizona over voter access to the polls after the state’s presidential primary last month left thousands of residents waiting as long as five hours to vote.

The lawsuit, which will be filed on Friday, focuses on Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county, where voters faced the longest lines three weeks ago during the Democratic and Republican primaries after the county cut the number of polling places by 85 percent since 2008.

Arizona’s “alarmingly inadequate number of voting centers resulted in severe, inexcusable burdens on voters county-wide, as well as the ultimate disenfranchisement of untold numbers of voters who were unable or unwilling to wait in intolerably long lines,” the lawsuit says.Continued

 

Lawsuit Alleges Voter Suppression in Arizona’s Presidential Preference Election

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For all those Arizonans out there worried about voter suppression during the presidential preference vote, rest assured that a local activist with a history of taking on problematic elections is trying to get to the bottom of what happened here.

John Brakey, co-founder of AUDIT-AZ (Americans United for Democracy, Integrity, and Transparency in Elections) filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court against election officials, both accusing them of misconduct and demanding a partial recount of ballots.

As New Times has written previously, Maricopa County’s attempt to save money by drastically cutting the number of polling stations for the March 22 election totally backfired. Thousands waited more than two hours to vote – some as long as five hours – and the lines at some polling stations still were wrapped around the block as the first results trickled in at 8 p.m.

What’s more, hundreds of people showed up to the polls assuming they were registered as a voter in one party only to be told they were weren’t, and therefore they could only fill out a provisional ballot – according to Dianne Post who worked at a polling station in Phoenix and filed an affidavit in Brakey’s lawsuit, this disproportionally happened to Democratic voters. Continued.