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U.S. Judge Limits Voter Intimidation by Far-Right Vigilantes; PA Says Undated Absentee Ballots Invalid

HeadlineNov 02, 2022

In Arizona, a federal judge imposed a restraining order on members of the far-right, Trump-supporting group Clean Elections USA, including barring the open carry of firearms and wearing of body armor close to ballot boxes. The move comes as armed individuals have been seen intimidating voters and taking photos or videos at ballot drop boxes and polling sites. The Justice Department said Tuesday that “vigilante ballot security efforts” in Arizona likely violate the Voting Rights Act.

In more voting news, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sided with Republicans Tuesday and ruled mail-in ballots without a written date on their outer envelope could not be counted. The ACLU of Pennsylvania condemned the decision, saying, “No one should be disenfranchised for an irrelevant technicality.” Pennsylvania is home to two closely watched races: the Senate race between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz, and the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race between the state’s Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro and right-wing state Senator Doug Mastriano, a 2020 election denier.

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