An Arizona poll worker has testified in court that the recent presidential primary election was completely rigged – with computer systems giving some Democratic voters the wrong ballots, whilst listing other voters as belonging to the wrong party.
Dianna Post told a courtroom that the machine she used during the elections to check voters at a Maricopa County location, failed to give at least 36 voters the proper ballot.
“Every single time it happened to me it was a Democratic voter who wasn’t able to access a Democratic ballot,” she said.
Another 22 people at her location were listed in the wrong party, she said. Her polling place also ran out of ballots for at least two congressional districts.
Alisa Wolfe, a resident of Pima County, testified her voter registration was improperly changed from Democrat to independent.
Wolfe said she was able to vote provisionally after speaking to the Pima County Recorder’s Office and being told the problem was a computer glitch.
Before testimony began, Assistant Attorney General James Driscoll-MacEachron attempted to have the legal action dismissed. Among other things, he claimed the primary doesn’t fall within the scope of what electors can challenge.
The hearing before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Gass was convened after he rejected requests to dismiss the lawsuit.
It’s expected to last two days.
The Democratic Party and party candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are suing the state citing the “alarmingly inadequate number of voting centers resulted in severe, inexcusable burdens on voters countywide, as well as the ultimate disenfranchisement of untold numbers of voters who were unable or unwilling to wait in intolerably long lines,” according to the lawsuit.
Tucson resident John Brakey sued Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan and all 15 counties after the election. He contends long lines in Maricopa County suppressed the vote and statewide voter registrations problems led to illegal vote counts.
He wants the results decertified.
Donald Trump won the Republican race while Clinton won the Democratic race.
The attorney general said the primary results can’t be challenged and Brakey can’t show the results would change if the contest was allowed.
The county has acknowledged it made mistakes in operating the primary by dramatically cutting the number of polling places and widely underestimating Election Day turnout.
The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an inquiry into whether the county violated voting-rights laws.