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Maricopa County officials are set to certify the results from last week's presidential primary that prompted lines of more than five hours after the county slashed.

The County Board of Supervisors meets Wednesday morning to do the official canvass and formally approve the results. They're also set to discuss the problems at the polls and review how polling sites were selected and consolidated.

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The Department of Public Safety says one person has been arrested after a demonstration in the Arizona House visitor's gallery got out of hand.

Capt. Damon Cecil says House security asked the protester to leave but he refused and continued to be disruptive. Cecil says he was arrested for trespassing.

Rep. Eddie Farnsworth says the man dropped to the floor of the visitor's gallery in an apparent attempt to make it harder to remove him. He says officers handcuffed the man and carried him out.

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On Monday, the Arizona Secretary of State apologized to voters who waited for hours to cast ballots during last week’s presidential preference election. Michele Reagan says her office is reviewing the election in Maricopa County, though she refused to take blame for the long voting lines. Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports.


David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic

A special Arizona House Elections Committee hearing is set to examine problems that led to long lines at last week's presidential primary election.

The panel has asked Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell to testify Monday about the hours-long lines at polling places in the state's largest county.

Purcell cut the number of voting locations from 200 for 2012's presidential primary to 60 at last Tuesday's election. She has taken the blame for miscalculating voter interest.

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Arizona officials are weighing in on the long wait times many Maricopa County voters experienced during the state's presidential primary.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton wants the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether county elections officials illegally put fewer presidential primary polling locations in poor or minority-heavy areas for Tuesday's voting.

Sites across the county were jammed and lines topped five hours at some spots.

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A new poll shows Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick are nearly tied in Arizona’s U-S Senate race. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.


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Coconino County was only county in Arizona where Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won in Tuesday’s presidential preference election. The Vermont Senator campaigned in Flagstaff during the week leading up to the vote. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Voters today gathered outside the Maricopa County Recorder’s office, protesting long lines during the state’s presidential preference election yesterday. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, thousands of voters waited for hours to cast their ballots.


 Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton prevailed in Arizona's primary, putting them a step closer to wrapping things up and getting on with a head-to-head race for the White House, unobstructed by rivals who just won't quit.

Contests Tuesday in Arizona, Utah and Idaho were deciding how near that moment might be for one of them or both. The two are clear front-runners, but Clinton has an easier path. Democratic rival Bernie Sanders won in Utah and Idaho but Clinton's win in Arizona prevented the Vermont senator from cutting deeply into her delegate lead by night's end.

Arizona officials are getting tired of footing the $6 million bill for the state's presidential primary and want to foist the cost onto the political parties as states around the country weigh the cost of the contests.

Colorado may go the other direction, bringing back state-run primaries. Utah lawmakers voted to scrap primaries in favor of caucuses in the two most recent presidential election cycles. States have come up with various ways to handle the contests every four years, and cost is a factor.

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