Talking Points Memo: Arizona’s Voting Problems Are More Complicated Than They Look


“Reduction in polling places is what oftentimes is scrutinized pretty heavily,” Gerry Hebert, a former Justice Department voting rights official who is now the executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, told TPM. “[Local elections officials] oftentimes don’t examine in advance the consequences on voters until they actually have to sit down and submit it to the Justice Department and explain what the impact is going to be, numerically, geographically, and racially.”

“What happened in Arizona, I believe, is a prelude to potential chaos in the fall election,” Hebert said.

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