The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign are teaming up to sue the state of Arizona over the "inadequate number of voting centers" available for last month's state primary that left some voters waiting in line for as long as five hours, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The lawsuit will specifically zero in on Arizona's most populous county, Maricopa County, where the number of polling stations was cut by 85 percent from the 2008 primary.
The lawsuit charges that the huge cut in polling stations "resulted in severe, inexcusable burdens on voters county-wide, as well as the ultimate disenfranchisement of untold numbers of voters who were unable or unwilling to wait in intolerably long lines," particularly affecting the county's minority populations. "Arizona has a history of problems with guaranteeing the rights of their citizens to vote, and with this lawsuit we hope to stop it now in time for the 2016 general election,” the Clinton campaign's elections lawyer, Marc E. Elias, said.
The lawsuit will be filed Friday on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Arizona Democratic Party, and some Arizonans. Clinton's campaign will reportedly join the lawsuit after it's filed.