Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell asks supervisors to delay polling location approval

Posted at 7:43 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 22:43:41-04

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell has asked the Board of Supervisors to postpone approval of polling places for next month's primary election.

Originally an agenda item on the July 20 board meeting, Purcell has asked that it be moved to the Aug. 3 meeting to accommodate more input from the public.

The county cut the number of polling places from 200 in 2012 to just 60 for the March 22 presidential primary to save money.

Some people waited as long as five hours to cast their vote for the Democratic and Republican nominees for president.

That led to lawsuits saying the reduction in polling places violated voters' rights under the Arizona Constitution.

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Purcell is asking for public input regarding the 724 planned polling places for the Aug. 30 primary.