Reagan holds first public meeting on presidential primary

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is scheduled to listen to voters describe their experiences with the March 22 presidential primary election.
By RYAN VAN VELZER
Associated Press
 
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Latest on a hearing about voting problems in Arizona (all times local):
 
8 p.m.
 
Voters outraged at Arizona officials for bungling the March 22 presidential primary election appeared to personally voice their experiences to Secretary of State Michele Reagan during a community outreach event in Phoenix.
 
Reagan met with about 30 voters at the first of three scheduled meetings at the Cartwright School District headquarters in west Phoenix around the corner from the Maryvale Church of Nazarene -- a polling location that stayed open until 11:53 p.m. and received the highest number of provisional voters in the county.
 
Reagan said she chose the location strategically because of the lack of polling places in the area. During the event, Reagan listened to voters and probed them with questions. Her goal, she said, was to better understand the problem.
 
"We want the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful," she told voters before the event began.
 
Many of the west Phoenix residents complained about long lines, especially at the Church of Nazarene .
 
Barbara Schmidt, 69, wasn't able to vote because of the line. She tried to get there early, but the line was too long so she went back in the afternoon after rushing out of a 5 p.m. appointment. Then there was no parking, so she left.
 
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10:30 a.m. 
 
Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is scheduled to listen to voters describe their experiences with the March 22 presidential primary election.
 
Reagan plans to meet with voters at 5:30 p.m. at the Cartwright School District headquarters at 5220 W. Indian School Road in Phoenix for the first of three planned meetings.
 
Many Maricopa County voters endured long lines and wait times on Election Day while others claimed to have registration problems.
 
Reagan says her office and the Legislature may consider changes in the way counties run future elections.
 
Reagan has sidestepped questions about why she didn't review the changes in the presidential primary herself in the absence of federal oversight.
 
The U.S. Justice Department is inquiring about the problems to evaluate if the state complied with voting rights laws.
 
AP-WF-04-12-16 0259GMT
 

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