Wednesday, 07 Dec 2022

Early voters in Arizona midterms report harassment by poll watchers

Early voters in Arizona midterms report harassment by poll watchers


Early voters in Arizona midterms report harassment by poll watchers

The incident allegedly occurred at a Mesa, Arizona, outdoor drop box on the evening of 17 October. Early voting, both in person and via mailed ballots, began on 12 October ahead of the midterm elections.

Election officials and voter advocacy groups have warned that the practice could lead to voter intimidation. At a press conference in Phoenix on Wednesday, Maricopa county supervisor Bill Gates said people outside the Maricopa county tabulation and election center were approaching and photographing election workers as they went into the site to work.

In Yavapai county, groups that planned to organize drop box watches received legal warnings that they could be intimidating voters, halting their plans for coordinated watches, but some people are still watching the boxes from their cars, one of the groups, Lions of Liberty, told local TV station AZFamily.

Election officials ask voters to report instances of harassment and intimidation to their local election offices or other authorities, so that those claims can be investigated.

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