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Goodyear Man Gets Probation For Disrupting Polls In 2018

Associated Press | Matt Rourke


 A Goodyear man has been sentenced to six months of probation for disrupting a polling place nearly two years ago.

Arizona prosecutors said 39-year-old Brad Luebke was convicted of videotaping inside a polling place in Goodyear.

They said Luebke entered a polling place at the Desert Springs Community Church in November 2018 with a holstered BB gun and a camera inside the 75-foot limit.

Poll workers explained to Luebke that he needed to remove the items from the polling place in order to vote.

But Luebke refused and when police officers arrived, they found Luebke outside the church with a cellphone camera on a specialized mount with a microphone attached.

Luebke pleaded guilty Tuesday to a violation of the 75-foot limit statute. A justice of the peace sentenced him to probation and fined him $400.

As the 2020 elections unfold, voter intimidation has been a topic of discussion for communities across the country. In a recent interview with KNAU, Coconino County Recorder Patty Hansen said the sheriff’s office and the Flagstaff Police department have set a plan in the case of any unsolicited poll watchers. Hansen also said Arizona does not allow self-designated poll watchers.

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