Mar 28, 2016
Hundreds of people in Maricopa County, Arizona had to wait in line for several hours to vote in the primaries. The last ballot was not cast until after midnight, more than five hours after the polling stations were closed.
Maricopa County includes Phoenix and is, by far, the largest in Arizona. Only 60 polling stations were open in the county, amounting to one polling station for more than 20,000 voters on average – and even more in minority and working-class neighborhoods, which tend to be more densely populated.
This was no accident. County officials made a conscious decision to reduce the number of ballot stations by more than two thirds, from 200 in 2012 to 60 this year.
In other words, this was just another example of officials trying to suppress voter participation, especially among working-class voters. Just in time for President Obama’s visit to Cuba, where he gave the usual lecture U.S. officials give in other countries, praising the virtues of American-style democracy!