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FBI identifies Arizona as one of top states for threats against election workers

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The DOJ and FBI have identified Arizona as one of the top states for threats to election officials and poll workers.

Why it matters: Widespread misinformation about election fraud has already resulted in several serious threats in Arizona and danger could increase now that early voting is underway.

  • An Iowa man was arrested earlier this month for threatening to hang Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman.
  • Over the summer, a Massachusetts man was arrested for threatening to detonate a bomb in Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ “personal space.”

Zoom out: In a letter to elections officials obtained by Axios, the federal law enforcement agencies said they’d reviewed more than 1,000 threats nationwide made against people involved with elections.

  • 58% of those…

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