Samantha Pstross

Arizona Advocacy Network

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Executive Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, which focuses on voting rights and campaign finance

Samantha Pstross on KCRW

In yesterday's primaries, party frontrunners won. Many voters lost. A record number of New Yorkers complained about delays and glitches, not to mention anger at closed primary rules.

Chaos and Disenfranchisement at the Polls

In yesterday's primaries, party frontrunners won. Many voters lost. A record number of New Yorkers complained about delays and glitches, not to mention anger at closed primary rules.

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