Early Voting in Arizona on the Huge Side

It looks like early voting is heavy in Arizona. I’d been wondering about it. I voted back in early October and there were no lines, but it seems that there are lines now. According to a Phoenix news station:

…the turnout has been so big that some people have reported waiting up to four hours to cast their ballots.

and

There are 1.7 million voters registered in Maricopa County. Nearly 1/3 of them have already cast their ballots.

“We are processing ballots as fast as possible,” Purcell said. “We’ve got over 520,000 back in the house. We’ll get those processed. We counted over 100,000 yesterday.”

I watched the video that went along with the article and had a pleasant surprise. Bob Vanwyck is interviewed as he was one of the people waiting to vote. I was in a play with Bob. In fact, he played my husband. He obviously lived in Flagstaff then. It’s been ages since I saw him, but there he was, in a TV news story, waiting to do his democratic duty.

Pima county is also seeing a large turnout, which is good, as it runs bluer than Maricopa county.

More than 11,000 people have voted early in person at offices downtown and satellite polling places, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez said Thursday evening…

…Rodriguez said she expects the numbers of voters coming to the early voting stations to increase as the election draws nearer.

There are almost 500,000 registered voters in Pima County and about half will vote early, either via mail or at satellite polling stations, she said.

Very nice.

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