A special hearing to discuss problems Arizona voters encountered during last week’s primary election took place on Monday, March 28. You can watch a full replay video of the public hearing, even if you couldn’t attend in person. Part one is above. Read the testimonies that were shared at the hearing here.
Here’s what you need to know.
The Full Video of the Hearing Is Now Available
Part two of the full video is above.
The hearing (and the livestream) started at 10 a.m. local time (which is 1 p.m. Eastern). The meeting took place at the Arizona House of Representatives Building, in Room HHR 4. The direct link to the livestream from House Hearing Room 4 was here. You could also see links to all the House Hearing livestreams here.
According to the Arizona State Legislature, the Committee on Elections hosted the special meeting, which included testimony from Helen Purcell, Maricopa County Recorder, along with comments from 30 members of the public on their experiences trying to vote. This was a nonpartisan meeting, addressing voting issues that both Democrats and Republicans faced and what can be done to fix the problems.
(Note: There was some confusion for some viewers because Arizona does not do daylight savings time. If you were expecting the meeting to start an hour earlier than it did, that might be why. It starts at 1 p.m. Eastern.)
Protests Are Also Happening Today
Several protests are also taking place today. There will be a March on Maricopa at the State Capitol at 9:45 a.m. local time, to coincide with the hearing. More than 200 are expected to attend.
There will also be two protests from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.: one in Tucson at the federal courthouse and one at the federal courthouse in Phoenix. These will will demand a complete counting of all provisional ballots, a random recount of unsorted vote-by-mail ballots, and the reinstatement of The Voting Rights Act.
The complaints about the primary are twofold. First, many polling stations were shut down in Maricopa County, resulting in voters having to wait three hours or more just to vote. In fact, the early results of the election were called while people were still standing in line waiting to vote. In addition, many voters who had previously been registered as Democrat were told they were now inactive or unaffiliated and couldn’t vote at all.
After the hearing today is over, we will share a story highlighting what happened at the hearing and some of the important points. We’ll post the link to the new story here for you to read.
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