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Polling stations in two separate Cochise County cities ran out of ballots just as voting ended

Alex McIntyre
Voters line up outside First United Methodist Church, a polling location on the UA campus on election day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Samuel Ace, an election protection volunteer with nonpartisan organization Arizona Advocacy, said the location had been pretty quiet through the day so far.

Voters in two Cochise County cities awaited 200 additional ballots after locations in Douglas and Huachuca City, Arizona, ran out an hour after polling stations closed in Arizona.

Arizona remained uncalled in the presidential election until 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Voters lining up before the close of polls waited for more than 90 minutes, Democratic Party volunteer Shirley Hicks told the Arizona Daily Star.

The Star also reported that some elderly voters left without voting, telling volunteers they couldn’t stand.

With 75,000 registered voters, Cochise County reported a 40.85 percent voter turnout with 47 of 49 precincts reporting. In 2012, Cochise recorded a 61.66 percent turnout. Only four other precincts reported lower turnout.

Cochise also decreased the number of polling locations since the 2012 election, dropping from 49 to 18 for this year’s election. Other counties in Arizona reflect this trend.

Officials at the polling locations told Arizona Public Media the long lines began at 6 a.m. and persisted throughout the day.

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