People in Yavapai County, Arizona, are knocking on doors while pretending to be county election officials, according to the county sheriff’s office.
Residents reported incidents in which people claiming to be from Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman’s office knocked on doors asking if they voted in the last election and for whom they voted, according to an advisory issued on Friday.
“These people DO NOT work for or with the County Recorder’s Office,” the warning reads. “These instances have been reported to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, who are concerned this type of activity may be an attempt to gain personal information for fraudulent purposes.”
Hoffman also cautioned people about fake election workers.
“I don’t want some of our more vulnerable residents giving information and thinking they’re giving it to the recorder’s office,” Hoffman told the Arizona Republic.
The sheriff’s office told residents that the recorder’s office would never send anyone to a person’s home asking survey questions or personal information. The advisory, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner, also asked those approached to contact local authorities.
Liz Harris, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully last year for the state House of Representatives, said, “I pretty much know what’s happening,” in a video to social media acknowledging the advisory from the sheriff’s office, according to the outlet.
She said she organized a group of canvassers to go door to door checking voter registration data but denied members of her group impersonated staff of the recorder’s office or asked residents for information on candidates they supported.
“There are canvassers, some within the group I’m heading up and some outside the group,” she said.
In nearby Maricopa County, as part of a controversial review of the 2020 election commissioned by the GOP-led Arizona Senate, auditors initially planned to conduct a canvass of residents to ask whether they voted. But Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said in a letter to the Justice Department last month that the plan to contact residents about their voting history was “indefinitely” on hold.
Although Fann said the decision to hold off was made “weeks” prior, it was not revealed until after the Justice Department said in a letter of its own that the canvass could violate federal laws that bar voter intimidation.
Fann added if a canvass is deemed necessary by the state Senate, “its vendor will implement detailed requirements to ensure that the canvassing is conducted in a manner that complies fully with the commands of the United States Constitution and federal and state civil rights laws,” and she included a list of conditions.
Author : Haley Victory Smith
Source : Washington Examiner : Fake election officials knocking on doors in Arizona county, sheriff says