Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton calls for DOJ probe as voter anger grows over long waits
By YVONNE WINGETT SANCHEZ and MARY JO PITZL
Gov. Doug Ducey ripped election officials for their handling of hours-long lines during Tuesday’s presidential preference election, saying the problems were “unacceptable.”
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.”
A petition asking the Obama administration to order the U.S. Justice Department to investigate “voter fraud” in Tuesday’s election was 60 percent toward its goal of 100,000 signatures by noon.
U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., urged people to contact his office with their complaints, which he said he will use to propose legislation to fix voting irregularities.
The chairman of the state House Elections Committee has set a 10 a.m. hearing for Monday to explore why Maricopa County provided only 60 polling places, leading to such long lines.
And average voters — or would-be voters — took to social media to express their anger and dismay.