Arizona election official denounces threats

LOS ANGELES | The Arizona Secretary of State, responsible for organizing the elections, on Wednesday denounced threats to her family and officials after the publication of the results of the November 3 presidential poll, still contested by Donald Trump and his colleagues. supporters.

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Traditionally Republican, Arizona chose Joe Biden after a close vote, falling into the Democratic camp for the first time in nearly 25 years. This was not to the taste of some, who sent threats to Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, to her office and via the internet, she said.

CCTV footage released by local media also shows a group of protesters outside Ms Hobbs’ Phoenix home, playing music and chanting “we want an audit.”

“Their tactics of constant intimidation will not prevent me from performing the duties to which I have taken an oath,” the Secretary of State said in a statement.

“Our democracy is constantly put to the test, it continues to prevail and will not weaken because of me,” she insists.

As Secretary of State, Ms. Hobbs is responsible, among other things, for the certification of ballots in Arizona, which is legally required to take place by November 30.

Outgoing President Donald Trump has so far refused to admit defeat and has increased legal remedies to challenge the results in many states, so far unsuccessful.

“There are some, including the president, members of Congress and other elected officials, who fuel disinformation and encourage distrust of electoral results (…). It is high time that this ceased, ”continues Katie Hobbs, recalling that“ these words and actions have consequences ”.

“I was prepared for these violent threats and hatred. I have worked in the social field for a long time and I can anticipate this reaction when some people feel helpless and angry. These acts are totally despicable, especially when they target my family and my employees, ”she concludes.

Several other election officials have reported threats across the United States, including Georgia, Nevada, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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