2 Arizona election officials abruptly quit before the primaries, citing continuous threats from Trump supporters over 2020 elections
According to several accounts, two top election officials in Arizona abruptly left their positions prior to the state’s primary elections, alleging ongoing threats from followers of the late President Donald Trump after the 2020 elections. According to sources, Yavapai County’s elected county recorder Leslie Hoffman announced on Friday that she would be resigning later this month following two years of “nastiness” from election skeptics.
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According to sources, Hoffman stated that 18-year county employee and elections director Lynn Constabile was departing for the same reason
According to sources, Hoffman stated that 18-year county employee and elections director Lynn Constabile was departing for the same reason. Requests for comment from Constabile did not immediately receive a response. Leslie Hoffman, the Yavapai County Recorder for more than 10 years, informed Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Mallory of her intention to resign from office in order to explore other career options. Her departure will take place on July 22, 2022. Recorder Hoffman’s resignation was approved by the Board of Supervisors during its regularly scheduled meeting on July 6, 2022. To fill the remaining term of office, which expires on December 31, 2024, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is now accepting letters of interest for an appointment to the position of Yavapai County Recorder. Being 18 years of age or older, a citizen of Arizona, registered to vote in Yavapai County, and being able to read and write English are requirements for the position of Yavapai County Recorder.
The Board of Supervisors is required by law to pick a member of the same political party to fill the vacancy
In addition, the Board of Supervisors is required by law to pick a member of the same political party to fill the vacancy. The Republican Party was used to elect the current Yavapai County Recorder. After Trump claimed that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and lost, election authorities came under fire. Trump had, however, won Yavapai County in 2020. In a Republican county where the candidate they wanted to win won by a 2-to-1 margin, Hoffman reportedly said: “I’m a Republican recorder living in a Republican county and still receiving flak, and so is my staff.” She remarked, “I’m not sure what they think we did wrong. “They are also pretty vicious. They are harsh allegations and threats.”
Hoffman accepted a different position outside the county
Hoffman accepted a different position outside the county, according to ABC 15 Arizona. She claimed that the local sheriff’s office decided to give her security as a result of the abuse she experienced following the 2020 election, according to the outlet. “The sheriff frequently monitors my home due to the threats I face. It’s becoming too much, so when the job offer presented itself, I accepted it “she claimed, according to ABC 15 Arizona. The resignations of Hoffman and Constable occur weeks before the state’s primary elections, which begin on August 2. Next week, early voting ballots will be mailed out.
Hoffman and her family experienced abuse as a result of Trump’s defeat
The remaining staff members will “be very diligent in studying anybody that they would propose to appoint,” Hoffman told the reporters, adding that she was confident the primaries would proceed without incident. While President Joe Biden finally won Arizona, a state that was formerly a Republican stronghold, Trump won Yavapai County in 2020. At the committee’s public hearing on January 6 last month, a former Georgia election worker spoke about the abuse she and her family experienced as a result of Trump’s defeat. Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, a Black woman, said that a group of election skeptics had threatened her with violence and racism. She admitted to the panel that she felt awful. “I had no home. I can’t believe this individual has hurt me and my family so deeply that I have to leave my house.”
About Leslie Hoffman
Leslie Hoffman serves as a federal magistrate judge for the Middle District of Florida’s US District Court. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1992 and her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1997.