Friday, March 31, 2023

Election officials in Arizona resign after threats

PHOENIX ( Associated Press) — The recording clerk and election director for Yavapai County, Arizona, has announced his resignation after a year and a half of enduring threats and scathing criticism from supporters of former President Donald Trump, who continue to admit his lies that He had lost. 2020 election because of fraud.

Recording clerk Leslie Hoffman said Friday that she is sick of “evil” and has taken a job outside the county. His last day will be on 22nd July. He said Veterans Elections Director Lynn Constable is out for the same reason and that Friday was her last day.

“A lot of it is due to the lowdown we’re dealing with,” Hoffman explained. “I’m a Republican recording secretary who lives in a Republican county where those candidates won 2-1 and I still have all these problems and so are my employees.”

“I don’t understand why they think we’ve done wrong,” he said. “And they are so disgusting. The allegations and threats are reprehensible.”

The constable was busy conducting a necessary “accuracy test” for a nearby primary on Friday and was not available for comment.

The experiences won by Hoffman and Constable are not unique. Election officials across the country have been threatened and harassed since Trump’s defeat.

An election worker in Georgia testified before Congress last week about how her life was turned upside down when Trump and his aides falsely accused her and her mother of extracting fake ballots from a suitcase.

Kwan Matta, who served in the Arizona Secretary of State’s office for nearly 20 years, resigned as election security chief on May 6. He said on Twitter that he was fed up with the threats and harassment being given to him and other election officials.

In Arizona, county voter registration clerks are responsible for voter registration and ensuring that mail-in ballots are properly mailed to more than 80% of voters who vote by mail. They earn only $63,800 a year, a salary set by the legislature that Hoffman has not increased in the decade Hoffman worked.

County election directors conduct elections and oversee the counting of ballots. The constable has been director of elections for 18 years and will take up another job.

Hoffman says that because of the threats, the county sheriff’s office provided him with additional security after the 2020 election.

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