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Lines To Vote In Arizona Were So Long That People Started Ordering Pizza

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 23/03/2016 Alana Horowitz Satlin

Arizona residents faced hours-long lines to cast their ballots in Tuesday night's primary elections. Even after polls closed at 7 p.m., many voters were still stranded in queues. 

It got so bad that people began to bring chairs to sit in, The Associated Press notes. Some even ordered dinner:

According to the AP, many people showed up to vote even before polls opened at 6.am. The last vote didn't come in until after midnight, the Arizona Republic reported.

The Republic said that Arizona has cut the number of voting sites by over two-thirds in order to save money. The state's 3 million registered voters had only 60 voting sites to chose from.

Voter turnout was also slightly higher than usual, according to KPNX.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called the long lines "a national disgrace."

Sanders encouraged voters to stick it out, but some people were deterred.

“I don’t think it should take this much effort just to vote,” one voter told the AP. “With the weather so hot and so many senior people like me, this is getting dangerous to stand in these lines for so long in the sun.”

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were declared the primaries' winners late Tuesday -- even as hoards of people waited to vote.

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