I would like to explain what happened yesterday in Maricopa County since I live in Phoenix. Nancy Purcell, the county recorder and a Republican, closed many polling places. She explained she did this because of the high numbers of people voting early and to cut costs. Ms Purcell also explained that a lot of independent voters who had voted in the past for a Democrat in the general election did not change their party affiliation. In Arizona it is possible to be a registered independent and vote for any party in a general election. However, they cannot vote in the presidential preference primary because Arizona is a closed primary state. Independents would have had to change their party affiliation by February. I want to reassure all the Bernie supporters that Hillary Clinton nor the Arizona Democratic Party had anything to do with the long lines. It was all Republican attempts to suppress the vote


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Emmie 3 years 25 weeks ago

Ellejones, as I Bernie supporter, I want to thank you very genuinely for the kind and delicate fashion you worded your statement. I feel finger pointing is counter-productive. This being said, many supporter posts presented a variety of situations and issues regarding this issue. Nancy Purcell was generalizing a lot of the complaints and, they are serious complaints from what I saw. Now, that doesn't have a whole lot to do with anyone until it is properly investigated. I defended her last night acknowledging we didn't have any proof or evidence that it was her, I also acknowledge that her more avid supporters don't always act in accordance of her will. I hope you feel that way about other supporters and me as well. If what you said is true, I hope you will sign a few of the petitions asking for an investigation alongside us. I would like to point out that we don't know it was all Republicans either. Speculation is all we have right now. Also, part of Bernie's campaign is that we are not fond of closed primaries and, this may have gone very smoothly had it not been. This isn't on either candidate, that's the people's will. Thank you for taking the courage to speak up, though. I know things are hostile on both sides and, I will always appreciate a kind debate amongst friends. :) This took strength... and that is beautiful, no matter who you support or who you are. Blessings!

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