New voter threat complaint submitted to AZ SOS

MESA — A voter has filed a complaint about threats against voters accusing ‘people in camo’ of taking pictures while casting an early ballot outside Maricopa County election headquarters.

The complaint is one of two new voter intimidation complaints the Arizona Secretary of State has received in a matter of days.

The reported incident happened on Wednesday around 2.30pm in the afternoon. The complaint filed said the voter approached the group on the sidewalk and asked what group they are with, “They asked why I would know, well it’s because it’s a personal attack,” the complaint read. “They basically said they’re taking pictures looking for some fancy BS on the voting citizens.”

Another complaint filed with the SOS office was Thursday outside the Mesa drop-off site by a 70-year-old voter: “There was a group of five or six 20-30-year-old men standing in the parking lot. We put our ballots in the drop box and walked back to our car.”

The complaint went on to say, “As we were going up to our car, two people took pictures of our license plate and our car. I went out and asked what they were doing. They claimed they were taking pictures for ‘election security’ and I took pictures of them to report them to the DOJ for voter intimidation and harassment.”

A spokesman for the SOS office said both complaints have been referred to the US Department of Justice.

This comes just days after ABC15 reported on the first formal complaint of voter intimidation.

On Wednesday, ABC15 encountered a group outside the Maricopa County election headquarters who were on the sidewalk looking at the ballot box.

One man, who did not want to give his full name, said he saw the boxes as part of Clean Elections USA.

According to the website, Clean Elections USA is recruiting people across the country to watch the ballot boxes in an effort to detect fraud. “We are looking for true patriots to take a stand and watch the drop boxes. We want to collect video (and live witness evidence) of any ballot tampering that occurs in real time,” the page states.

Earlier this week, Steve Bannon hosted a woman named Melody Jennings on a podcast called ‘Bannon’s War Room.’ Jennings is introduced as the founder of Clean Elections USA. “We post pictures of these mules, people get the word out, they show up, our people show up and gather around boxes and shut this down.”

She went on to talk about the photos they take, “what these mules don’t understand is just because I put up a fuzzy still on real social that doesn’t look like anything, we geotrack them, we got cameras on their backs ,” Jennings said.

Jennings has publicly posted on social media that anyone who does not follow the law a drop box is “immediately separated from Clean Elections USA.”

It is not illegal to stand on a public sidewalk and record. However, Arizona’s secretary of state tells ABC15 that conduct that interferes with a voter’s right to cast their vote is when it becomes illegal.

Submitted ballots can be dropped off at any of the 12 open polling locations, or a post office box in the United States.

Reporting voter trimming and other illegal behavior

If you witness voter tampering or other illegal behavior at the polling stations, we recommend the following steps:

  • First notify a poll worker at the polling place who will work to resolve any issues and call county election officials and/or local law enforcement if necessary. However, if you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 911 first and then inform a poll worker if possible.
  • Document what you see as much as possible, including the who, what, when and where of the incident. (But keep in mind that taking photos or video within the 75-foot limit of a polling place is prohibited.)

Click here to report the incident to the Secretary of State’s office

You can also call 1-877-THE-VOTE. We will follow up with county election officials and federal, state or local law enforcement entities if necessary.

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