Judge limits ballot observers in Arizona

Judge limits ballot observers in Arizona

According to the order, Clean Elections USA members and associates are prohibited from coming within 75 feet of a ballot box or a building where a drop box is located; talking or yelling at people within 75 feet of the compartment (unless yelling at the start); or open carry firearms or wearing body armor within 250 feet of drop boxes.

Some individuals also have to post messages on their Truth Social pages correcting past statements, suggesting that it is always illegal to leave multiple ballots. The judge ordered them to set up: “It is not always illegal to put multiple ballots in a ballot box. It is legal to deposit the ballot of a family member, household member or person you are a guardian of.”

The group is also banned from recording or distributing any images or personal information about people returning ballots to the boxes, which is part of the order they challenged. The group also challenged the order that they must stop “making false statements” about Arizona’s ballot fraud law.

The order will be in effect for two weeks, starting immediately, Liburdi said.

Since early voting began, ballot watchers in Arizona have reportedly taken photos or video of people dropping off ballots or following voters. Some were masked or armed or both, the Associated Press reports.

Ministry of Justice on Monday joined the lawsuitand said the reports raised serious concerns about voter intimidation.

The conspiracies about people putting ballot boxes were fueled in part by Dinesh D’Souza’s much-discredited film “2000 Mules,” which falsely claimed that a network of Democrats conspired to deliver ballots to the boxes.

An attorney for Clean Elections USA, the group named in the order, argues that the broad injunction is unconstitutional.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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