This is the sixth election cycle I've covered at 12 News.

Before every election I send an email to colleagues with a breakdown of the races. In recent years I've provided a warning of what might go wrong with voting.

This year, the memo I sent out late last Monday before Tuesday's primary, included this headline: "Voters can't Vote."

There were just 60 polling places, I noted. There were 200 four years ago. Many large areas, like Sun City and south Phoenix, had just one polling place. Long lines were likely.

I never could have imagined five-hour waits to vote. But the prospect of crowded polling places really was that obvious the day before the primary.

Here's what else is obvious to me: Tuesday is what happens when winning elections is more important than running elections.

I hesitate to say that, because until more evidence comes forward, this messed-up election appears to be a case of bad judgment aided by wishful thinking and abetted by a lack of money.

But stop for a moment and take in the political culture that surrounds Arizona's elections.