08 Nov Arizonans Are Out in Full Force Against Sheriff Arpaio Today, Despite Rampant Voter Repression
In the streets and at the polls since early this morning, the people of Arizona are working fiercely to end Joe Arpaio’s career today. Already there have been numerous reports of voter repression, excessive poll lines, and questionable ballots.
Miguel Ángel López was turned away a 2nd time from voting at Church Nazarene. He feels "a bit broken, with a heartache & feel like crying
— Laura GomezRodriguez (@Laura_GomezRod) November 8, 2016
“I have been horrified by what I’ve seen so far,” says Francisca Porchas, a Bazta Arpaio volunteer. “As early as 6:05 am we began to receive scores of calls indicating major voter repression across the county – especially West Phoenix throughout the areas of Avondale, Laveen, Tolleson, El Miraje, and Maryvale. People have been waiting 45 minutes to an hour at certain locations.”
But determined voters are refusing to be dissuaded, many anxious to vote for the first time against the notorious sheriff and end his seven-term run.
Bazta Arpaio volunteers are available until 7pm MST today to provide rides for Maricopa County voters, confirm voter eligibility, and monitor polling places. They have also established a hotline for any trouble voters may run into.
The @BaztaArpaio campaign is calling on Maricopa County recorder to keep polls that had issues open 1 hour later, say they will go to DOJ
— Jude Joffe-Block (@judejoffeblock) November 8, 2016
“Many of us grew up hearing horror stories about the Sheriff and his abusive tactics. For decades we feared him. Now we’ve lost that fear and found our power as a community,” says Abril Gallardo with the campaign.
“Today it’s Arpaio who should be scared.”