STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Jonathan Larkin, D-Glendale (District 30), today called for Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell to resign from her position after reports that hundreds, potentially thousands, of people waited in line to vote for hours in Tuesday’s presidential primaries.
“Arizona voters are dedicated and determined. Those who stood in line for hours after the polls closed to exercise their right deserve recognition, as do those who voted early. Participation should make our democracy stronger, and a large turnout should not create a debacle. I believe poor planning led to what we saw during the presidential preference election on Tuesday.
“If we are asking for people to participate in elections, they should be well planned. The long lines and unacceptable wait times indicate to me that elections officials were not prepared. Ultimately, that is Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell’s responsibility. She failed to meet that obligation, and so she should resign immediately. There are four more elections in Maricopa County this year, and we cannot afford to have a repeat of this fiasco. I am concerned that the voters have lost faith in her ability to conduct an efficient election.
“County Recorder Purcell has been in office since 1988; it’s time for a change of leadership. Enough is enough.”