Arizona group hit with restraining order after accused of intimidating voters


    A group in Arizona being sued for voter intimidation have been issued with a temporary restraining order by a federal judge on Tuesday. The order bans members of the Clean Elections USA group from coming within 75 metres of a ballot box, following voters or harassing them.

    The order was filed in state capital Phoenix by US District Judge Michael Liburdi.

    The lawsuit of voter intimidation was brought against the group by the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans and Voto Latino, an organisation that educates the Latino community on voting.

    They believe Clean Elections USA is attempting to intimidate voters by persuading its members to monitor drop boxes for supposed “suspicious behaviour”.

    Clean Elections USA also believe that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against Donald Trump, despite no evidence of electoral fraud.

    The lawsuit was filed last week after two people were seen wearing military gear and allegedly carrying weapons while monitoring a drop box in Maricopa County, Arizona, reported Reuters.

    As part of the order Judge Liburdi added that the group and its associates were forbidden from speaking to or shouting at voters unless another party engaged with them first.

    They are also banned from carrying firearms within 250 feet of a ballot drop box.

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    President Biden has described this month’s midterms as a “defining moment” for democracy as political violence has begun to erupt.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was viciously attacked in their family home with a hammer, with prosecutors claiming the assailant was looking for her.

    The POTUS said in a speech at the Capitol: “We don’t settle our differences in America with a riot, a mob or a bullet or a hammer. We settle them peacefully at the ballot box.

    “We have to be honest with ourselves, though. We have to face this problem. We can’t turn away from it. We can’t pretend it’s just going to solve itself.”


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