Voter Suppression in Arizona?

Really? The Arizona GOP files suit in court tomorrow to stop the continued counting of early ballots dropped off at polling places on Election Day.

I don’t trust their motivation. Is any unconstitutional or corrupt  practice now acceptable in our present political climate?

On Election Day I worked as an ID Clerk at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. Many people had to vote provisional ballots.

Why? In the official register if a name had an E next to it, that individual requested an early ballot to vote by mail.  Yes, many of these voters toss the early ballot, lose it, or their dog ate it, and they don’t understand that you can’t vote in person on Election Day if you asked for an early ballot.

I was surprised by the number of voters who said they didn’t ask for an early ballot or that they asked for one and never received it, thus the need for them to vote provisionally.

It seemed that a good portion of the above individuals were first-time young voters or those with Hispanic names.

A conspiracy theory? I’m not a fan. I like evidence.

Every voter who stopped at our desk — around 250 — for an ID check was polite, and grateful to vote whatever way they could. I’m guessing that at least 150 provisional ballots and early ballots were amassed at our polling station alone.

Something felt wrong. I mentioned the seemingly high number of provisional ballots to my co-workers, who agreed there was something wrong with data entry at the Recorder’s Office or at the Elections Department.

By the end of the day, we started telling voters to call the Recorder’s Office after the election to question their voting status.

I fear voter suppression in Arizona. (Click here to read NBC News link.)

At the very least, there’s too much confusion on Election Day.

How do early ballot voters know their votes have been counted? I’ve gone online to the Recorder’s Office website at least five times since mailing my ballot the day after I received it in early October.

My ballot is in batch E2 on Oct. 19, ready to be counted. Was it counted? I don’t know.

I do know, — according to today’s front-page article in the Arizona Daily Star (Nov. 8) –Sinema is ahead by around 8,000 votes in Maricopa County and by 37,000 votes out of 302,000 cast in Pima County.

McSally leads the AZ U.S. Senate vote by less than one percent of the votes already counted.

There are around 600,000 provisional and early ballots that have yet to be counted.

Maricopa and Pima Counties are the two with the most uncounted ballots.

So, why is the GOP going to court tomorrow?

 

 

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2 Responses to Voter Suppression in Arizona?

  1. Sheila Lepley says:

    Hi Sheila, I worked the polls for 4 or 5 years about 10-15 years ago. Always there were problems re voter went to wrong polling station, confusion on where to hand in early ballots, etc. etc. Once we were in the station with miscounts until 9:30 or 10. The numbers of different types of ballots put in the box didn’t add up. It was a nightmare. But I remember how pleasant the voters were, how long it took some of them to vote resulting in long lines especially starting around 4:30. It was quite an experience and exhausting work due to the long hours…up at 4:30 a.m. and not home until 9 or 10. We need new rules. And now look what’s about to happen statewide and nationally….enough to make me really nauseous. Thanks for helping out. Sheila Lepley

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  2. Sheila Lepley says:

    P.S. I checked to see if my early ballot had been received. It’s in the same batch as yours. I don’t think there was enough publicity for voters to check on their mail ins. I sent the link to friends here in Pima Cty.and they all checked it. Sheila L

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