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2 Cochise County cities run out of ballots; some voters see long waits

2 Cochise County cities run out of ballots; some voters see long waits

Douglas and Huachuca City ran out of ballots Tuesday, and voters at some Cochise County sites faced long lines, elections officials confirmed.

"Voters should know that everyone in line at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) will be able to cast their ballot this evening. Our Vote Centers will all remain open until the last voter casts their vote. Each vote counts and each and every vote gets counted accurately," Cochise County elections officials said in a news release at 7 p.m.

Some voters were waiting for over 90 minutes at the only polling place in Douglas, says Shirley Hicks, a volunteer in for the Democratic Party in the border city.

The long wait is made worse by a lack of parking, she said.

"It is just outrageous," Hicks said.

Some elderly voters left without voting, telling volunteer Claudia Romo that that they were unable stand and wait any longer.

Similar reports of long lines at the polls have been made in Bisbee and Sierra Vista.

Several calls to Cochise County election officials were not immediately returned.

If you are having problems voting in Cochise County, please call Reporter Joe Ferguson at (520) 329-3032 or

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Joe has been with the Star for six years. He covers politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona. He graduated from the UA and previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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