It took nearly a week after Election Day for the Senate race in Arizona between Martha McSally, R, and Kyrsten Sinema, D, to finally be called. Sinema emerged the winner, narrowing the Republicans’ hold on the Senate. The close call highlighted the importance of voters getting to the polls: On Nov. 20, the margin was a slim 1.7 percent, or 38,197 votes.
But reporters at two polls in Coconino County, Arizona, documented at least 30 voters who had difficulty figuring out where to vote on Election Day; the county had moved their polling places four months prior to the midterms. Voter Curtis Honanie arrived at the Living Christ Church in Flagstaff, Arizona, to find an empty parking lot and a small sign taped to a window informing voters that their new poll site was in the Flagstaff Mall, 1.3 miles down the road. The reason: The Living Christ Church, with its steep steps and narrow doors, was not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Honanie, who said he received no notice about the change, felt frustrated. The county had not sent out specific notices to voters, instead relying on them to check their sample ballots for poll locations.
At least 30 voters showed up at the wrong poll site on Election Day in Coconino County, Arizona. Many said they hadn’t been notified that their polling location had been changed.