A growing number of Arizona election officials are leaving their posts due to threats and hostility.
“The election rhetoric and climate has gotten really, really hot. We were under a lot of pressure,” recorder Leslie Hoffman, one of Yavapai County’s top election officials, told ABC-15. “The sheriff periodically patrols my house” because of the threats, she added. “It’s getting to be a lot.”
“I don’t know what they (voters) think we did wrong. And they are very mean. Accusations and threats are mean,” she told Fox-10.
Hoffman is leaving at the end of the month and her colleague Lynn Constabile, the county’s chief election officer, will be leaving on Friday.
“I’m a Republican recorder living in a Republican county where the candidate they wanted to win won 2 to 1 and continue to grieve – and so do my staff.”
Hoffman partly blames the widely circulated misinformation that causes rifts even among members of the same party.
“When you have these movies and everything on social media, that’s what people read. They honestly don’t want the truth,” she said.
The 2020 presidential race was a “good election,” Matta tweeted. “If you don’t think so, you are listening to politicians, not professionals.” He called election workers “true patriots.”
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