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Judge restricts poll watchers in Arizona

Pursuant to the ordinance, members and associates of the Clean Elections USA group are prohibited from approaching within 75 feet of a ballot box or a building housing a ballot box; talking or yelling at people within 75 feet of the drop box (unless you yelled at the start); or carrying open firearms or wearing body armor within 250 feet of drop boxes.

Some people are also required to post messages on their Truth Social pages correcting past statements, suggesting that casting multiple ballots is still illegal. The judge ordered them to post: “It is not always illegal to put several ballots in a ballot box. It is legal to cast the ballot of a family member, household member, or someone whose caregiver you are. »

The group is also prohibited from taking or distributing any images or personal information about people returning ballots to the polls, part of the order they disputed. The group also challenged an order ordering them to stop “making false statements” about Arizona’s ballot abuse law.

The order will be in effect for two weeks from now, Liburdi said.

Since early voting began, ballot watchers in Arizona have reportedly taken photos or videos of people casting ballots or tracking voters. Some were masked or armed or both, the Associated Press reported.

The Justice Department intervened in the lawsuit on Monday and said the reports raised serious concerns about voter intimidation.

Conspiracies about who stuffs ballot boxes were fueled in part by Dinesh D’Souza’s widely discredited film ‘2000 Mules’, which falsely claimed that a network of Democrats conspired to deliver ballots to ballot boxes .

The attorney for Clean Elections USA, the group named in the order, argued that a broad restraining order is unconstitutional.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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