Groups ask appeals court to stop individuals gathering at Arizona ballot boxes to surveil voters


A federal appeals court was asked Friday night to issue an emergency order preventing individuals from gathering at ballot boxes in Arizona to register voters.

The Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans and Voto Latino turned to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals after a district court judge denied their request earlier on Friday for a temporary injunction.

“Absent emergency relief, the defendants’ ongoing campaign of voter intimidation at the ballot box in Arizona will continue and likely escalate, irretrievably depriving Arizona voters of their right to vote freely. and without intimidation by means provided by Arizona law, and causing irreparable harm to plaintiffs and their members,” the 9th Circuit filing said.

“The defendants’ campaign of intimidation has already produced more than half a dozen complaints of voter intimidation and multiple law enforcement responses to drop boxes,” the filing read. “The defendants suspended much of their inducement when this case was filed, but now that the district court has denied plaintiffs’ motion, they are likely to resume business unless the court takes immediate action. ”

The organizations are suing the group Cleans Elections USA and its founder, Melody Jennings, accusing them of coordinating a campaign to intimidate voters by calling on people to gather at drop boxes to register voters.

The defendants’ attorney denied that his clients encouraged anyone to break the law and said the plaintiffs had not provided evidence that Jennings was connected to the conduct that prompted voters to file bullying complaints with officials. electoral.

The plaintiffs seek an order prohibiting the defendants from “assembling within sight of the drop boxes; tracking, photographing or otherwise recording voters or potential voters, persons assisting voters or potential voters, or their vehicles at or around a drop box; and to train, organize or direct others to do these activities.

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