Voters dismayed with Arizona’s problematic presidential primary voiced frustrations with long lines and registration issues Monday during a hearing for a court challenge to have the election results thrown out. Testimony came in the wake of the March 22 election where Arizona’s most populous county drastically cut polling places. The move emboldened Tucson resident John Brakey, elections integrity activist to sue Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan and all 15 counties. In a courtroom packed with elections officials and onlookers, voters described waiting in long lines and arguing with elections about problems with their party affiliation. “The judge is going to have to extrapolate and see how that is a representative example of the variety of similar things that happened to people,” said Michael Kielsky, Brakey’s attorney.
Alisa Wolfe, A Pima County voter, said her voter registration was improperly changed from Democrat to independent. Ed Higgins, a Maricopa County voter, testified that he had to vote provisionally after the motor vehicles division turned in his change of party affiliation a day too late. “It was voter suppression,” he told the Associated Press before testifying. “This is widespread fraud, this is election fraud.”
A poll worker who was on duty during the election testified the computer system checking in voters would not allow her to give the correct ballots to 36 Democratic voters.
“By the third time I said ‘Oh no, this is a problem,'” said Dianne Post, who also counted about 20 other voters that were listed in the wrong party.
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