After voting fiasco, protesters gather at Capitol

Protesters gathered outside the Arizona State Capitol Wednesday morning to express their displeasure with Tuesday's presidential preference voting disaster.

PHOENIX - Protesters gathered outside the Arizona State Capitol Wednesday morning to express their displeasure with Tuesday's presidential preference voting disaster.

Several community leaders spoke outside the county recorder's office about 11 a.m. Wednesday, while demonstrators held signs and chanted for change in the voting process.

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"What we saw yesterday was a tragedy. What we saw yesterday was egregious," said Rev. Reginald D. Walton, who called the decrease in Maricopa County polling places from 200 in 2012 to 60 this year a "backdoor tactic to undermine the Voting Rights Act of 1965."

Those protesting laid the blame for the fiasco at the feet of Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell.

"Someone needs to be held accountable and I can think of that someone and that's our county recorder," said Rep. Reginald Bolding.

Devin Del Palacio, vice president of the Tolleson Union High School board, asked: "How is it that the nation's fourth-largest voting county would only have 60 voting locations?"

Ed Higgins, who registered as a Democrat last month specifically to vote for one candidate, said he was in the county's registration system as a Republican and was almost kept from voting for a his candidate.

That group has since moved to the Arizona State Capitol, where the demonstration was ongoing as of noon. 

Purcell has said she accepts responsibility for the issues but will not step down.

PHOTOS: Capitol protest, March 23, 2016

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