Target: United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Goal: Open investigation into alleged voter suppression in Arizona Democratic Primary.
Citizens in Arizona looking to vote in the Democratic Primary faced incredibly long lines, with some voters waiting up to five hours before finally being able to cast a ballot. In Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county, there were only 60 polling stations open, as compared to at least 200 in 2012 and 400 in 2008. The ability to vote is one of the most fundamental rights in American society, and the Department of Justice has an obligation to investigate this incident.
The inadequate polling station numbers may also reflect racial discrimination. In an open letter to the government, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton noted that Phoenix (a city with a large minority population) only had one station for every 108,000 residents, while voters in predominantly white areas such as Paradise Valley (one for every 13,000 residents) and Fountain Hills (one for every 22,500) had much easier access to voting stations.
This “disparate distribution,” as Mayor Stanton calls it, is unjust and potentially illegal. Sign the petition below and demand a formal investigation into this alleged voter suppression
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
In the most recent Democratic Primary in Arizona, thousands of voters found themselves forced to wait in long lines, with some citizens not being able to cast their vote until five hours after the polls had closed. The inadequate number of polling stations may also indicate racial discrimination, as voters living in areas with largely white populations had much easier access to stations than those living in an area with a large minority population.
The ability to vote is one of the most fundamental rights in American society, and any attempts to deny this right must be immediately punished. I insist that your department opens an investigation into this matter and protects the American people’s right to democratically elect their leaders.
[Your Name Here]
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