Ugenti-Rita Summons Reagan, Purcell to House To Explain Presidential Preference Primary Failures

Reagan and former Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell in better days

They waited for hours to vote; long after the results of the Arizona Presidential Preference Primary had been announced and now Arizona State Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita wants to know why. Ugenti-Rita has summoned Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office to a special meeting of the House Elections Committee on Monday, March 28.

Ugenti-Rita, chair of the Elections Committee is calling the meeting to “understand the factors and decisions that were made resulting in the number of polling locations.” Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell was criticized well before Tuesday for the number of polling places she had planned to have in place for what was certain to be a large turnout.

“In a year when most states experienced record or near record turnout, Arizona should have been better prepared and anticipated the amount of turnout we experienced,” said Ugenti-Rita in a statement released Wednesday. “This year, it is my understanding, Arizona had fewer polling locations than in previous years. This meeting is an opportunity to explore what preparations election officials made in anticipation of this election and what can be done in the future to better accommodate people as they exercise their right to vote.”

“I have invited the Secretary of State’s office, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office and the Arizona Association of Counties to participate. I also welcome the participation of voters who wish to attend and share their experience at the polls,” said Ugenti-Rita.

Arizona State Rep. Anthony Kern issued a statement saying he was “appalled at the length and duration of time that people had to wait in line to fulfill their civic duty to vote yesterday. Open and fair elections are one of the primary aspects of a free society, and to have that right take longer than four hours for some people is unacceptable. As a result of the wait times, some voters were forced to leave the polls and miss out on their opportunity to vote due to a lack of parking, wait time, and unviability of polling locations.”

Kern continued, “Every vote counts. Each vote matters. The fact that some of the citizens of this great State were unable to vote due to the poor planning and unfortunate situation that transpired yesterday can never happen again.”

According to sources, rather than focusing on bring uniformity to voting across the state, Reagan has been jet-setting around the globe and touting Ugenti-Rita’s success in passing legislation to prevent fraud through ballot harvesting as her own. Sources say that individual county recorder’s offices across the state do not even have a uniform manual with which to refer.

“The issues that arose with the amount of time voters had to stand in line, confusion surrounding eligibility and other issues are completely unacceptable and my office will launch a full-scale statewide review of county election policies and procedures surrounding yesterday’s election,” claimed Reagan, whose office has ignored pleas from counties for guidance.

Remarkably, Reagan now says that “while each individual county makes their own decisions, I need to make sure yesterday’s polling place upheaval doesn’t happen at our next statewide election on May 17th. Or worse, the presidential general election in November when thousands more new voters will be casting ballots for the first time.”

She did acknowledge that her office has failed to produce an up-to-date Election Procedures Manual when she stated that her office will now “announce a series of bipartisan public hearings and “generate an action report on the outcome of those hearings and present it as a part of the next Election Procedures Manual meeting with all fifteen county election officials in attendance.”

“I woke up at 3 am yesterday morning so excited for the election and full of hope for the people who were voting. I feel awful that some of them may have given up and gone home or had to go back to work. Voters deserve so much better and government should be held accountable,” said Reagan in a statement issued late on Monday.

Rep. Kelly Townsend stated, “I stood with hundreds of voters Tuesday, listening to their frustrations as they waited to cast their vote. Part of me was proud that Arizonans were willing to persevere in the wind and sun in order to have their voice heard. We are tough State and proved it yesterday, and for that I would like to express my greatest appreciation for your commitment to civic duty. However, my deepest apologies go out to all of you who not only had to wait, but also to those who found you were not registered as you had thought and denied your vote. The long lines were a major inconvenience indeed, and to add insult to injury, the registration system failed you. I will be looking into why this happened, and will work to make sure that does not happen again.”

Arizona State Rep. Thorpe stated, “It was unacceptable for citizens to to be forced to spend hours waiting in long lines in order to vote, and for front-line poll workers to take the brunt of this ill-prepared election. Early Tuesday morning, election officials should have responded to the large turnouts by mobilizing additional poll workers and resources. But even more shameful than ballot harvesting, the news outlets called the election at about 8:15 Tuesday evening, fully aware of the huge numbers of people who were still standing in long lines to vote. How many people simply changed their vote to match the announced winners, after learning about these premature news reports?”

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6 Comments

  1. It was one way to enact a form of voter suppression. Everyone who waited in line should have been able to vote no matter the time and the voters who had their registration changed unknowingly should have been provided provisional ballets. I smell a rat coming from all of the garbage that has been thrown.

  2. I just love it when an elected official is outraged because “they” had to stand in line. Hey, what if they didn’t have to stand in line? Would they still care about the people who did?

  3. I want to know why the ballots in Pima county contained all the candidates that had dropped out – even the early dropouts. How early did they print them & why? Yet another way to split votes.

  4. Ed if you are an ‘educated’ voter you would know who was in or out, its been in the news for how long. Yes they could have maybe put up signs that the idiots listed may not be current participants but if you went in to vote for someone who has dropped out, that is YOUR fault not the systems. As to the long waits I thought that was why they were wanting all the mail in ballots out early and sent in. Remember the big to do in pima co about limiting the voting stations because they wanted to be able to manipulate, errr have everyone participate by mail? Happened in last primary for the prez I think it was. The local powers that be are so enamored of how its done in seattle or….. that they take the bait hook line and sinker to push for mail only ballots. Well I guess the people are either too dumb to vote that way or the powers are just tooo damn dumb to realize that everything done in seattle or wherever is just not the pot o gold they thought it would be. Your choice.

  5. Let’s go back to voting in person, showing ID and waiting 48 hours for the results. Would that make everybody happy?

  6. David sounds good, only then instead of 25% of eligible voters voting you will be down to the real numbers. Remember only 12.5% elected B Klinton as only 25% of eligible voted at that time and there has been little changed as far as I remember.

    Kennedy supposedly was elected by the mob in chicago when several precincts had voting boxes disappear, remember that, well now they dont need voting boxes they have computerized voting which can be set to do the will of the controlling groups. Remember just a couple of weeks ago the pima co voting system was reported to have been compromised by ‘workers’ who were not authorized to be in the room AFTER they were checked and sealed!

    So what is the answer, maybe its what we set up in the middle east, vote and ink the fingers of the voter! Maybe go so far as to MANDATE voting like some of the popular european countries do, No ink on finger then pay a fine of some sort. And yes do have you ID available to vote.

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