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Justice Department seeking Arizona primary info

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The U.S. Justice Department is inquiring about long lines and other problems seen during Arizona's presidential primary to evaluate whether the largest county in the state complied with voting rights laws. The U.S. Justice Department is inquiring about long lines and other problems seen during Arizona's presidential primary to evaluate whether the largest county in the state complied with voting rights laws.
PHOENIX, Ariz. -

The Latest on long lines at polling places during Arizona's presidential primary (all times local):
    
2:10 p.m.
    
The U.S. Justice Department is inquiring about long lines and other problems seen during Arizona's presidential primary to evaluate whether the largest county in the state complied with voting rights laws.
    
Maricopa County records show that five polling places in metro Phoenix still had voters in line after midnight, including one location where the final ballot was cast at nearly 1 a.m.
    
The Maricopa County Recorder's Office on Monday released a letter it received from federal law enforcement officials.
    
Justice Department Voting Section Chief Chris Herron asked for information on 10 specific items including a description of how county election officials determined how many polling places were needed on March 22 and whether potential impacts on minority voters were examined.
    
Citing budget issues, Maricopa County cut the number of polling places from 200 in 2012 to just 60 this year.
    
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11:30 p.m.
    
Records show 20 of the 60 polling places in Arizona's largest county still had people waiting in line to vote in the state's presidential primary more than three hours after the polls officially closed.
    
The records obtained by The Associated Press from the Maricopa County Recorder's Office also show five polling places saw their last ballot cast more than five hours after the 7 p.m. poll closing. One north Phoenix location saw its last voter just two minutes before 1 a.m.
    
Fourteen of the 20 sites were in Phoenix or its western suburbs, while six were in the eastern part of the Phoenix metro area.
    
The breakdown illustrates the extent of problems at the March 22 elections, which saw thousands wait for hours to cast a ballot.
    
Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is expected to certify Monday that Democrat Hilary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump won their party's election.
    
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3:10 a.m.
    
Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is set to certify results of the March 22 presidential primary that prompted lines of more than five hours after Maricopa County slashed the number of polling places.
    
Reagan is the state's top election official and will officially release the statewide vote courts and is expected to certify the results on Monday.
    
The official canvass will trigger an opportunity for candidates or individual voters to challenge the results. Lawyers for Democrat Bernie Sanders are considering whether a challenge is possible. Sanders' supporters believe he might gain additional delegates to the Democratic convention because many provisional ballots were thrown out in Maricopa County, but any challenge is legally difficult.
    
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump won statewide.

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