During training for the primary election, the trainer Jesus Federico was caught violating the law by directing poll workers to give Republican ballots to registered Democratic voters. This is illegal in Arizona because it prevents Democrats from choosing their opponents. However, he got caught and was forced to notify all of the poll workers of the erroneous instructions he blamed on misreading the late. Sure. I’ll bet that’s exactly what happened.
It also appears that poll workers were told that electioneering was legal. If a candidate drops out of the race and endorsed another candidate, poll workers are forbidden by law to tell any of this to the voters. It’s the voters’ responsibility to know. But they were doing just that. Matt Salmon dropped out of the Governor’s race last month to endorse Robson. Poll workers were telling voters that Salmon dropped out and that he endorsed Robson.
Arizona Law states,
I. For the purposes of this section, electioneering occurs when an individual knowingly, intentionally, by verbal expression and in order to induce or compel another person to vote in a particular manner or to refrain from voting expresses support for or opposition to a candidate who appears on the ballot in that election, a ballot question that appears on the ballot in that election or a political party with one or more candidates who appear on the ballot in that election.
Tucson radio host Garret Lewis shared a video on Twitter:
Lewis: So I just voted. And here’s the thing, when I got my ballot, the nice lady says, ‘Oh, just you know, Matt salmon has withdrawn. But he’s on the ballot. He’s withdrawn.’ I said, ‘Why are you telling me this?’ ‘Oh, well, we were we were told we could share that.’ ‘Who told you that?’ ‘Bill.’ I go to Bill, ‘Who told you that?’ ‘I’m trying to remember,’ okay. He walks me to a woman. He’s like, ‘did you tell me?’ She goes, ‘No, you told me.’ I go, ‘Who told you guys to do this?’ ‘Our supervisor.’ ‘Who’s your supervisor? This is electioneering. You can’t tell people who has withdrawn. Their name is on the ballot. It is what it is.’
You know what the crap is, by the way.
‘Well, Matt Salmon’s withdrawn.’
‘Well, I was gonna vote for Matt, but I can’t stand Kari, so I’m gonna vote for Karrin.’
Lewis: This is exactly what they’re doing. So I got the supervisor who was a nice guy… And he said, ‘well, the Elections Department said, you know if you want, you can share it. You don’t have to but if you want to you can. It’s okay.’
Well, that’s not okay. That’s literally illegal. The Pima County Elections department once again with their awesome trainer. Jesus Federico, who told people give out the Republican ballots to registered Democrats if they want, which is literally illegal. The only reason that they realize they got caught is because I talked about it on my show, because I was told this by Kelli Ward. There now, apparently, the same stupid Department led by this incompetent woman in charge is having their employees of the county literally tell people that Matt salmon has withdrawn You’re not supposed to say a damn thing that’s electioneering. What the hell Pima County? What the hell, Constance Hargrove? What are you doing? They should all be fired.
I just witnessed electioneering while I voted. It happened to me! @pimaarizona Pima County Elections Department told workers you can tell people Matt Salmon has withdrawn when you hand people their ballot. This is being done to hurt @KariLake. Where else is this happening? pic.twitter.com/OqdUWFQdaP
— Garret Lewis (@GarretLewis) August 2, 2022