Democrats settle with Arizona officials in suit over primary voting problems

September 10, 2016 06:55


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The Democratic National Committee on Friday said it settled part of a federal lawsuit over the actions of Arizona poll officials during the presidential primary that caused voters long waits and critics said disenfranchised some, especially minorities.

The suit, filed in April in US District Court in Arizona, targeted the decision to sharply cut polling locations in Maricopa County, causing waits of up to five hours for those casting ballots during the March 22 primary.

"This is a great victory for Arizonans, and for our democracy," Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement. "We know that long lines depress turnout."

Representatives for the Maricopa County Board of Directors, the Maricopa County Recorder's Office and the Secretary of State did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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