The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department issued an odd public Service announcement last Friday. Yavapai County Recorder Leslie M. Hoffman had received two complaints from citizens. Someone in Prescott, which is 100 miles North of Phoenix, was allegedly asking residents how they voted.
Apparently, they represented themselves as volunteers for the Recorder’s Office. It’s not beneath the DOJ to use an incident like this against the Senate’s current audit in Phoenix.
At this point there is no proof presented about these two incidents. The canvassers in Arizona were investigating possible voter fraud in the state. They were not asked or ordered to go door-to-door and ask who the people voted for. That is not part of the process.
Hoffman said one lady directly contacted the Prescott Police Department. This person lives in an apartment complex and called the police after noticing someone trying to “buzz” different residents to ask about voting habits. The other Prescott resident, a homeowner, said two people approached her home asking if she voted, and for whom. This resident asked for ID, neither would comply, so she contacted Hoffman’s Recorders office.
After hearing about these two complaints, Hoffman said she felt it necessary to warn the public. Leslie said it “was better to err on the side of caution and let the public know right away”. So she notified the Yavapai Sheriff who then sent out the PSA. Hoffman doesn’t believe the Sheriff’s Department investigated the claims with those two citizens before sending out the PSA.
In the past, those canvassers who evaluated the Nov. 3rd election never asked whom someone voted for. They know it’s a taboo question. They present themselves accurately and show ID when asked. If this wasn’t in another city, and another county, the DOJ would most certainly use it against the Senate’s audit.
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