How does it happen that public officials presume to depress the vote of the electorate by making inadequate provisions? One suspects that the royalist perspective has something to do with it. If the electors are simply rubber stamping public officials that have been selected for them, then the balloting is largely pro forma and not really important. Also, since the ballot is free, some citizens probably weren’t aware of its value until they were made aware of the effort to keep them from exercising their franchise.
The bottom line is that government by the people is still in its infancy and being resisted by the old order. Petty potentates do not relish being ousted by people they presume to rule.
So, there’s an on-going mess in Arizona.