After reducing Arizona primary polling locations from 200 to 60 locations, causing thousands of people to stand in long lines in the sun for more than five hours and then shamelessly blaming voters for the fiasco, Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell finally said she was sorry.
But she isn’t going to resign, no matter what.
In the light of what is now being called “Arizona election fraud,” people are accusing Purcell of voter suppression, calling for her resignation. After all, she was well aware of the fact that around 4.1 million people live in her county, and more than 1.9 million are registered voters.
Of course, this huge amount could not be crammed into 60 locations, according to simple math. But Purcell, apparently, couldn’t figure it out.
Now, after initially blaming voters for “getting in lines” while speaking to a Fox reporter earlier this week, Purcell is taking blame for the disaster. However, do not expect her to resign — she thinks an apology is enough to make up for voter suppression.
“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 told AZ Central. “We were obviously wrong — that’s my fault. So we’ll certainly look at that for future elections.”
"I’m not going to resign," she said, as protesters gathered outside her downtown Phoenix office to call for her resignation or recall. "And the electorate is free to do whatever they want to do."
So much for an apology.