Saturday, 26 March 2016

Petition to White House about Arizona 'voter suppression' hit goal in about 40 hours

Signatures flooded in to urge the White House to investigate Arizona's presidential primary election.
Now, the White House is expected to issue a response. The petition alleges voter suppression in the Arizona Presidential Preference Election, held Tuesday. The petition hit 100,000 online signatures Thursday morning. 
The petition asked the White House to investigate voter fraud and suppression of Democratic voters specifically:
 
Petition to have the Obama Administration investigate the voter fraud and voter suppression on 3/22/2016 in ARIZONA. Numerous voters who switched from Independent to Democrat could not vote and were turned away or given provisional ballots which in turn were never counted. We the people of the United States of America find this act alarming and would like a complete investigation to uncover the violations that occurred during the Arizona voting on 3/22/2016 and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.
Voters from both parties called 12 News Tuesday reporting they were given provisional ballots. We received multiple reports from voters who thought they were registered for a party and were told at the polls they were actually registered as Independent.
Whitehouse.gov petitions with 100,000 online signatures are put in a queue to receive an official response from the White House. This whitehouse.gov petition appeared to reach the 100,000 mark at a record pace, compared to other popular petitions.
This petition was started on Tuesday, and hit its goal on Thursday at about 11 a.m., about 40 hours. 12 News has requested confirmation on this figure from the White House, but has not heard back as of this writing.
Other open "We the People" petitions had been posted for at least a month before hitting the 100,000 signature mark.
Another whitehouse.gov petition called for a re-vote in Arizona. It was also started Tuesday and had reached 24,000 signatures at the time of this writing. 

Purcell: We didn't see it coming
In addition to reported confusion about party registration, many voters told 12 News they waited hours in line. The lines were exclusively reported to 12 News to be in Maricopa County, Arizona's most populous county and home to most of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell took responsibility for the waits, telling 12 News she "screwed up." Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called the long lines "unacceptable." Stanton called for an investigation by the Department of Justice.

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