US: Women secretaries of state face threats and harassment for battling election lies

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June 22, 2022

US: Women secretaries of state face threats and harassment for battling election lies

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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, right, talks with members of the Electoral College after the Arizona election was certified on December 14, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP/ROSS D. FRANKLIN)

As discussion of falsehoods about the 2020 election and their deadly consequences are televised from Capitol Hill, states’ top election officials are grappling with inaccurate information — which can make them targets.

In the spring of 2021, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs was in public with staffers following a televised interview when the group spotted a man nearby.

The man, according to Hobbs, began filming and following them. Hobbs’ staff was on high alert: Unbeknownst to the secretary at the time, that day her office had received a threat from an anonymous caller who said Hobbs “deserves to die.” The caller asked what the secretary was wearing to find her more easily.

Click here to read the full article published by The 19th on 13 June 2022.

Author: 
Barbara Rodriguez
Publisher: 
The 19th
Publication year: 
2022
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