Voters became angry on Election Day in Maricopa County after they showed up at the polls and found them closed already. Grassroots conservative activist Merissa Hamilton reported Tuesday evening that dozens of voters said they were told by the Maricopa County Recorder’s office that the polls closed at 7 p.m. However, eight polling locations closed at 4:30 p.m., which is “at least 17 percent” of the county’s locations, according to Hamilton who denounced it as “complete voter disenfranchisement!” Since Republicans are far more likely to vote in person on Election Day than Democrats, it disproportionately affected them.
Hamilton said on X, “ABSOLUTE CHAOS ON ELECTION DAY IN @MARICOPACOUNTY (AGAIN). Per dozens of voters @RecordersOffice told people they could vote until 7pm @ PV. It closed @ 430. Several voters say they can’t vote now. We’ve talked to hundreds of voters tonight to redirect them to new locations.”
The county sent out election materials that said the polls would be open until 7 p.m. Hamilton posted a photo of the notice, and commented, “That was a lie.”
Although some voters were able to figure out that other locations were still open, some may not have, and others who had limited time may have not had the time to look into the problem, figure out where else to go, and drive there.
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