Around this great nation of ours, there are concerns. Concerns that our electoral system is flawed. That the entire apparatus is rigged or tip-able or worse: Corrupted.
The idea is so widespread, in fact, that some have taken to “guarding” ballot drop bozes in Arizona, brandishing rifles and tactical gear just in case something peculiar takes place.
Now, after complaints of “intimidation”, a massive ruling has come down in the case.
A federal judge in Phoenix issued a restraining order Tuesday night against a group that has been photographing and recording voters casting ballots at drop boxes in Arizona.
The order, issued by U.S. District Judge Michael Liburdi, prohibits Clean Elections USA from “openly” carrying weapons or “visibly wear body armor” within 250 feet of drop boxes. Liburdi’s order also bars the group’s members from taking photos, recording, following or yelling at voters within 75 feet of drop box locations.
There were other stipulations as well.
Furthermore, he told the group’s founder, Melody Jennings, to post a message to her account on Truth Social, former President Donald Trump’s social media platform, that reads in part: “It is not always illegal to deposit multiple ballots in a ballot drop box. It is legal to deposit the ballot of a family member, household member, or person for whom you are the caregiver.”
The news comes in the midst of one of the most brutally-contested midterm elections in American history, making the move all the more extraordinary.