Maricopa County elections officials satisfied concerns from Democrats that there will be enough polling locations for the Nov. 8 election, leading to a settlement on one part of a federal lawsuit stemming from March's presidential preference election.
The settlement was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.
Arizona minority voters, along with state and national Democratic Party officials and the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, sued in April. It came weeks after long lines for the March 22 presidential preference election frustrated voters and prompted many to abandon the long waits and not vote.
Their lawsuit claims voters' rights were undermined by a number of state and county election practices, including a lack of polling locations. They had asked the court to OK polling locations for the general election.
But after last month's primary, when there were 644 polling locations for 724 precincts, the Democrats felt assured there would be an adequate number for the general election. Since that time, Maricopa County has added another poll location, this one on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. Advocates say it's the first time in at least a decade that ASU has had an on-site poll.
Still unresolved in the case is the Democrats' request that the court find Arizona's new ballot-collection bill unconstitutional. They also argue that the practice of rejecting provisional ballots that are not cast at the proper polling location be overturned, arguing it violates equal-protection guarantees under the U.S. Constitution.
Those issues are still before U.S. District Judge Douglas Rayes.
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