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SHERIFF RHODES COMMENTS ON ELECTION SECURITY, INTEGRITY

SHERIFF RHODES COMMENTS ON ELECTION SECURITY, INTEGRITY

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is working with County election officials as well as all law enforcement agencies in Yavapai County to provide election security. YCSO will once again assist the County Recorder’s Office to implement security plans for Election Day, arrange escort of ballots to the Recorder’s Office from Election Day Vote Centers, and provide security of the Recorder and Election Departments during vote counting. Additionally, YCSO will be responding to any reports of election-related law violations. 

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There have been many questions from the public regarding violations of Arizona’s ballot harvesting laws as well as voter intimidation-harassment laws. YCSO asks citizens to please respect the Arizona law prescribing a 75-foot perimeter for no electioneering or disturbing of voters around each voting location, this includes photography, questioning and any interference of the voting process. 

YCSO will be responding to any reports of election-related law violations. However, regarding concerns of “ballot harvesting”, please be aware that placement of multiple ballots at a time by one person does not in and of itself constitute a crime, nor is it suspicion of a crime. Arizona’s ballot harvesting laws do not prescribe how many ballots may be returned or mailed to an early voting center or off-site voting box by one person. Rather, the current law makes allowances for those living in the same household, family members, and caregivers as being permissible couriers of ballot. If election fraud-related violations are suspected, please call the Sheriff’s office non-emergency number 928-771-3260.

It is difficult to know each voter’s circumstance so your behavior towards others attempting to cast ballots must not interfere with that person’s right to vote. Should your actions construe harassment or intimidation you may be breaking Arizona’s voter intimidation laws.

“Our constitutional right to vote freely and fairly is a basic tenet of democracy and must be protected” says Sheriff David Rhodes. “I will always work to defend of your constitutional rights.” 

If you do suspect possible violations of the harassment or intimidation laws, please call law enforcement immediately by dialing 911. Please see the Secretary of State’s office for details on the harassment rules. Guidance on Voting Location Conduct | Arizona Secretary of State (azsos.gov). 

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