The Arizona Secretary of State confirmed election fraud occurred in the state’s primary. Phoenix Election Chief Blames Voters and Laws for Super Long Lines on Tuesday. Photo Credit: www.youtube.com Bernie Sanders is learning the hard way about the realities of voting and voter suppression in America.
It’s not just that many localities were unprepared to handle spontaneous voter turnout, as in Arizona’s biggest city on Tuesday. But local election officials also resent voters who get in the way of others, when they show up to cast ballots but are ineligible and weren’t smart enough to vote early or vote by mail. “What happened yesterday in Arizona should be considered a national disgrace,” said Sanders in an e-mail blast Wednesday afternoon. “I got an e-mail last night from a woman who waited five hours to vote in Arizona. Sanders said, “Voting should not be this difficult.” “Who’s to blame for the long lines?” “Well, the voters for getting in line.
Sanders won 18 more delegates than Hillary Clinton on Tuesday by getting nearly 80 percent of the vote in party caucuses in Utah and Idaho. Voters accuse Arizona of election fraud as Phoenix mayor requests federal investigation. The phrase #AZElectionFraud trended on Twitter on Thursday as thousands of users across social media accused Arizona of sabotaging the March 22 primary election.
Thousands of Arizonan voters were stuck in long lines for hours on Tuesday night after county officials decreased the number of polling locations in Maricopa County — the most populous area in the state, with more than half of the population — by more than two-thirds, from 200 four years ago to just 60. Hillary Clinton won the contested Democratic primary in Arizona with roughly 58 percent of votes to Bernie Sanders’ 40 percent. Sen. Sanders won the other two primaries in Idaho and Utah the same night in enormous landslides, with approximately 80 percent of votes. Donald Trump won the contested Republican primary in Arizona with 47 percent of votes. A petition calling on the Obama administration to “investigate the voter fraud and voter suppression” received more than 100,000 signatures by Thursday afternoon. What happened in Arizona wasn’t an accident: When states make voting impossible, it’s for a very clear reason. Once again, an American election was unnecessarily thwarted by long lines and not enough ballots.
To say there’s no excuse for such nonsense, especially in a nation that prides itself on its representative democracy and, yes, its exceptionalism, is understating the problem. This time around, it happened during the Arizona primary where countless voters were forced to stand in lines for hours, while others were told they weren’t registered in the first place. In Maricopa County alone, election officials infuriatingly reduced the number of polling places by 70 percent. Such a drastic reduction meant there was only one polling place per 21,000 residents of the highly populated Phoenix metroplex.
Officials including County Recorder Helen Purcell (a Republican) said the cutbacks were due to budgetary concerns. It’s yet another example of why the federal government should take over the election process. Thirty-three states boast one form of voter ID or another. The GOP excuse for these laws? Supreme Court Kicks Republicans In The Gut By Giving People The Power To Stop Election Rigging. By ruling that Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission is constitutional, the Supreme Court of the United States kicked plutocrat-loving Republicans in the gut.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote the 5-4 majority opinion, joined by Justices Breyer, Kagan, Kennedy and Sotomayer. The crux of the majority’s reasoning can be found in last paragraph of the ruling. Our Declaration of Independence, drew from Locke in stating: “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” And our fundamental instrument of government derives its authority from “We the People.”
U. Even though this case got much less attention from the media compared to the health care and marriage equality cases it is in some ways as important as the aforementioned cases. Supreme Court Rejects Kansas And Arizona Voter Suppression Efforts. By a 7-2 margin on Monday, the U.S.
Supreme Court refused to consider the case Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which would have required voters to show proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections. The court’s decision upholds a federal appeals court ruling and affirms the right of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to reject unnecessary and burdensome requirements that make it more difficult for people to vote. The EAC has maintained that requiring prospective voters to swear they are U.S. citizens under penalty of perjury is a sufficient safeguard to preserving the integrity of elections.
Arizona and Kansas are still allowed to demand proof of citizenship on state election forms, but the court’s decision makes it possible for voters to still fill out a federal form to vote in Presidential and Congressional elections without first having to provide documentation of their citizenship status.