Judge Denies Attempt to Stop Voters in Arizona From Monitoring Ballot Drop Boxes

A lawsuit that aimed to stop Arizonan grassroots activists from keeping an eye on absentee ballot drop boxes was rejected by a federal judge.

Voter intimidation, allegedly

Melody Jennings, the creator of Clean Elections USA (CEUSA), and a group of neighborhood volunteers were accused of intimidating voters at two outdoor poll drop boxes in Mesa and Maricopa Counties.

Two nonprofit organizations, Arizona Alliance for Older Americans and Voto Latino, filed the complaint.

Voto Latino’s case was dismissed by Judge Michael T. Liburdi of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday because it lacked “particular or specific injury.”

The drop box monitors’ video, according to Liburdi, “reasonably frightened” a lot of voters, but their behavior does not constitute voter intimidation or severe danger.

Voters can park their cars near the affected vote drop boxes and cast their ballots there.

According to the lawsuit, one voter said many persons gathered close to a voting box in Mesa County took his wife’s picture and accused them of being mules.

As per the court filing, a second complaint states “individuals photographed a voter and his car’s number plate.”

A third formal complaint states five or six guys photographed the voter’s automobile and registration plate while standing in the Mesa ballot box parking lot.

The lawsuit also claims the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was summoned to the Mesa drop box site to inspect armed, masked, and body armor-clad watchers.

Despite the judge’s statement that the case “clearly raises serious problems,” he was unable to issue an injunction against their actions without breaching the First Amendment.

The head of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans, Saundra Cole, described the situation as “very disheartening.” Jennings praised the decision.

Constitution Protected

“Presently, the Constitution triumphed. This war is not finished, but today was a victory for freedom and the preservation of your First Amendment rights,” Jennings stated on Truth Social.

“The appeal for a protection order against me and Clean Elections USA participants was denied.” She urged citizens to “vote” and appreciate those who “defend your freedom.”

Cole stated her organization wants to appeal the decision and thinks the drop box monitoring constituted illegal “intimidation and bullying.”

“American citizens ought to be able to vote without fear of physical harm or other threats to their protection and wellbeing,” she stated.

It was stated in the suit that activists violated Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act and the Support or Advocacy Clause of the Ku Klux Klan Act. However, the judge disagreed.

Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act specifies that “no individual shall harass, threaten, compel, or try to intimidate, threaten, or compel, anyone from voting or intending to vote, whether operating under color of law or otherwise.”