Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell takes blame for voter lines, says she won’t resign

Voters planning on participating in the Arizona presidential preference election were forced to wait in line anywhere from one to four hours to vote at the Salvation Army Phoenix Citadel in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday. /Craig Johnson:Downtown Devil
Voters planning on participating in the Arizona presidential preference election were forced to wait in line anywhere from one to four hours to vote at the Salvation Army Phoenix Citadel in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday. /Craig Johnson:Downtown Devil

By Caitlin McGlade and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | The Arizona Republic

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell took responsibility for the hours-long lines at the polls Tuesday that enraged voters and had some calling for her to step down over her handling of the presidential preference election.

“We certainly made bad decisions, and having only 60 polling places, didn’t anticipate there would be that many people going to the polling places,” she said. “We were obviously wrong — that’s my fault. So we’ll certainly look at that for future elections.”

But Purcell said she would not step down in the wake of Tuesday’s debacle.

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