WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Arizona secretary of state’s office has referred a report of voter intimidation to the Arizona attorney general and U.S. Department of Justice. According to ABC15 Arizona, on Monday, Oct. 17, a voter was followed by a group of individuals as the voter attempted to drop off their ballot at one of the two early voting drop box locations in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix.
In Arizona, early voting began on Oct. 12 and many voters will cast their ballots by mail; in 2020, nearly 90% of Arizonans voted early or via mail. Reports emerged right after the start of early voting last week that people were gathered around drop box locations. Right-wing activists in Arizona have called upon volunteers to “monitor” drop boxes, with elected officials encouraging these drop box observers to use cameras and keep track of license plate numbers, raising concerns of voter intimidation.