2016 Arizona presidential primary

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The 2016 Arizona primary took place on March 22, 2016 as part of the nominating process for the 2016 United States presidential election. Primaries were held at the same time for the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and the Green Party. The Arizona primary was a closed primary, meaning that only voters registered with one of three parties were allowed to vote. Hillary Clinton was declared the winner on the Democratic side, Donald Trump won on the Republican side, and the Green party chose Jill Stein as their candidate. Arizona does not have presidential primaries. Arizona has presidential preference elections. Arizona state primaries are open, while Arizona preference elections are closed.

Statewide results[edit]

United States presidential primary election in Arizona, 2016[1]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Democratic Hillary Clinton 242,064 57% 44
Democratic Bernie Sanders 169,156 40% 30
Republican Donald Trump 258,384 47% 58
Republican Ted Cruz 142,694 26% 0
Republican John Kasich 53,040 10% 0
Green Jill Stein 630 81% 0
Green Kent Mesplay 144 19% 0

Controversy and allegations of voter suppression and electoral fraud[edit]

There was controversy surrounding the Arizona primary elections of 2016, specifically having to do with the dramatic decrease in polling places from 200 in 2012 to only 60 in 2016, despite the number of registered voters having increased from 300,000 in 2012 to 800,000 in 2016.[2] This decrease in polling places was most pronounced in minority neighborhoods, most notably Latino neighborhoods, with areas like Central Phoenix having only one polling place for 108,000 voters.[3] There were also reports of voters who had been previously registered coming up as unregistered or registered as an independent, making them ineligible to vote.[4] Voters who did manage to vote had to stand in long lines to cast their ballots, some for as long as 5 hours.[5]

This was the first election in the state of Arizona since the 2013 Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which would have previously required states with a history of voter discrimination, including Arizona, to receive Federal approval before implementing any changes to voting laws and practices.

As a result of the controversy surrounding the Arizona primary, Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton asked the Justice Department to launch an investigation into the allegations of voter suppression.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unofficial 2016 Presidential Preference Election Results". azsos.gov. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  2. ^ Eugene Scott (24 March 2016). "Arizona Dems call for probe into voter suppression". CNN. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  3. ^ "White House to respond to petition alleging voter suppression in Arizona". KPNX. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. ^ Miriam Wasser (22 March 2016). "Hillary Clinton Wins Arizona, Some Bernie Sanders Supporters Weary Of Potential Voter Suppression". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ Eugene Scott (23 March 2016). "Bernie Sanders: 'Disgrace' Arizona voters waited 5 hours". CNN. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  6. ^ Liz Fields. "Phoenix Mayor Asks Justice Department to Investigate Alleged Voter Suppression in Arizona". VICE News. Retrieved 21 May 2016.