Arizona should not go away.

Certainly the officials in Arizona would like the interest in what happened in the primary to wane. It should not.  Democracy deserves better than this.

It is typically a high bar to re-run an election, maybe too high.  Typically you need to prove that enough voters would have been disenfranchised to change the result.  Sometimes as far as proving they would have voted for the looser.  Arizona’s Democratic Primary is near that bar.  In fact, if we consider the number of votes that would have awarded one more and one less delegate to either campaign its not that high a bar compared to the disenfranchisement.

Here is a video of the 5.5 hours of hearings:  So far we are about half-way through.  Here is a  summary from a Connecticut advocate who prefers to remain anonymous:

POLLWORKER with 18 yrs experience:  In the electronic poll book where she was working, when a screen came up for whether the voter was a  Dem or R, when she hit Dem, an R ballot was produced.  She solved the problem by giving them a  Dem ballot any how and noting on the paperwork that the person was a Dem, not R.  She said it happened 36 times  at their site I believe she said, 21 times in 3 hours of her shift, 18 times where a D input produced an R ballot.  I think in the other direction, where it happened from R producing a D ballot, it only happened 3 times.  She also commented that in her 18 years of working elections, this was the smallest room for voting polling place she had ever seen.

Somebody else testified that at their polling place, there was no parking because they were repaving the lot!  Pure voter suppression.

Somebody else did an overlay of polling places to income levels, and found in wealthy areas the polling places were numerous, but in the poor areas, there were only a handful of polls and  many could not be reached by walking.

One person said she used to live in a wealthier part of town, and polling places were within a mile of her house.  She moved, and now they were 4 miles from where she lives.

AZ just made “ballot harvesting” a class 6 felony.  Angry voters asked, ” If I bring my handicapped husband’s ballot  to the polls, I would be a felon.  But I want to know:  What is the crime for taking away my right to vote?”

One guy had helped register hundreds of students and turned in registrations timely.  Then, on election day, they were not in the books.  Or course the candidate with the most youth support was affected by this.

One person said that in her polling place there were 9 workers, 6 stations, but only 3 voters voting with three empty stations, even though a long line.  There were 2 people at the door controlling the flow to the stations.  That right there requires some explanation.

A schoolteacher said she had to apologize to her students, because she always taught them we live in a democracy and they have the right to vote.

SOS office had a chart on website on election day that was designed to show the overall statewide vote.  If you pulled it up by county, there was a problem — the counties showed that 100% of the votes were in from early in day onward.  AP started calling the race apparently at 1% of the vote.  People were deeply disturbed to be standing in line and hearing the vote called so early.  They are fixing this chart software now.


It goes beyond VRA — testimony that somebody entered extremely small polling place, two at door limiting who could enter, 6 polling booths and only 3 people inside.

Here is the 18 yr election veteran’s  cogent testimony:

Secretary State admits errors:


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