After a voter reported feeling intimidated by a crowd of self-appointed election box monitors determined to find evidence of non-existent vote theft, Arizona officials filed reports with state and federal officials, the Washington Post reports.
The voter, who was not identified, described being stalked after dropping a ballot off at a designated drop box. The voter made a complaint on the Arizona secretary of state’s website, saying “There’s a group of people hanging out near the ballot dropbox filming and photographing my wife and I as we approached the dropbox and accusing us of being a mule. They took … photographs of our license plate and of us and then followed us out the parking lot in one of their cars continuing to film.”
Voter intimidation is barred by Arizona state law and the federal law, including various aspects of the Voting Rights Act. Such intimidation is expected to increase as Donald Trump and his political mobsters insist that the 2020 election was stolen from him and handed to President Joe Biden. Trump and his minions claim a number of crazy conspiracies, including a claim that China printed millions of ballots that people are dropping off at ballot boxes. This defies logic on its face: distributed mail-in ballots are tracked and numbered, and they are sent only to addresses of registered voters.
A widely mocked movie produced by conservative blowhard and convicted felon (although pardoned by Trump) Dinesh D’Souza claimed that a pattern discerned from cell phone data shows that tens of thousands of people were dropping off multiple ballots at the same drop boxes day after day after day, according to his film, 2,000 Mules. The widely-mocked film–which still has importance among Trump supporters who can’t deal with information that destroys their theories–did not take into consideration that the ballot drop boxes were intentionally put in high-traffic areas where people pass buy multiple times per day because they live, work or recreate in the neighborhood.