DOJ Indicates Charges Pending in Election Threat Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona — the state’s chief federal prosecutor for the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) — released a statement today indicating there are “several election threat-related cases pending federal felony charges” that stem from alleged criminal activity in the state. Over the past week, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) has reported six complaints of possible voter intimidation to the Arizona attorney general and DOJ in recent days and two separate lawsuits have been filed alleging coordinated voter intimidation by right-wing vigilantes as well. Today’s statement suggests at least one of the complaints could lead to criminal charges.

In its statement, the U.S. attorney’s office reiterated its commitment to protect voting rights, vowing to “vigorously safeguard all Arizonans’ rights to freely and lawfully cast their ballot during the election.” The DOJ has also released comprehensive guidance on the steps the Department is taking to protect the right to vote.

Read the U.S. attorney’s statement here.

Read the DOJ’s press release here.