Chances are your voting experience will be uneventful. Many people have already voted. Poll workers are on hand and trained how to assist you with any questions you may have and ensure the experience is smooth.
Just in case it’s not, below are examples of voter intimidation, copied straight from the Arizona Secretary of State’s web site. These actions are illegal inside and outside the 75-foot limit around a polling place. If you see this, do not confront those who are doing it. Inform a poll worker at the voting location and call the Voter Protection Hotline 1-833-VOTE-4-AZ (1-833-868-3429). If you or another person is in immediate danger, call 911.
We want to stress that you will probably not see any of this. Please don’t be deterred by worrying about it. Don’t intimidate yourself. Now you know the simple, non-confrontational steps to take in case you see it. The goal is de-escalation. Exercise your right to vote.
- Aggressive or ostentatious display of weapons
- Aggressive behavior, such as raising one’s voice or taunting a voter or poll worker;
- Using threatening, insulting, or offensive language to a voter or poll worker;
- Blocking the entrance to a voting location or disrupting voting lines;
- Intentionally disseminating false or misleading information at a voting location, such as flyers or communications that misstate the date of the election, hours of operation for voting locations, addresses for voting locations, or similar efforts intended to disenfranchise voters;
- Impersonating a law enforcement officer, or otherwise wearing clothing, uniforms or official-looking apparel, intended to deter, intimidate, or harass voters (see also A.R.S. § 26-170, prohibiting unauthorized wearing of national guard or U.S. armed forces uniform);
- Directly confronting or questioning voters in a harassing or intimidating manner, including asking voters for “documentation” or other questions that only poll workers should perform;
- Raising repeated frivolous voter challenges to poll workers without any good faith basis, or raising voter challenges solely based on race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion or disability; or
- Posting signs or communicating messages about penalties for “voter fraud” in a harassing or intimidating manner.