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Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday pledged that the US Department of Justice “will not tolerate voter intimidation” during the November midterm elections.

“The Ministry of Justice is obliged guarantee free and fair vote all whox qualified to vote and will not allow voter intimidation,” Garland said at a press briefing.

Over 7 million ballots have already was cast in 39 states as of Monday, according to data from election commissions, Edison Research and Catalist. But with two weeks before November 8, law enforcement agencies and officials pay attention to election day and potential for Violence amid threats against poll workers and reporting of voter intimidation.

AT one example in Arizona, which was transferred to the Department of Justice and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, an unknown voter reported that they were approached and followed by group of face when trying drop off your early voting ballot drop box. group made accusations against the voter and his wife, and took Photo of them and their license plate and followed them out of According to the message, parking.

In another case, two armed men dressed in tactical gear – were seen voting drop box in Mesa, Arizona, on Friday night, according to Maricopa County officials. Pair left the scene of the arrival of the county sheriff’s office.

“We are deeply concerned about safety of faces who exercise their constitutional right to vote as well as who legally transfer their early voting to drop boxMaricopa County Council of This was stated by Chairman of Supervisors Bill Gates and Registrar Stephen Reacher. in joint statement on Saturday.

Dozens of Republicans try to be elected in 2022 – State Governor secretary of a state or a US senator has joined former President Donald Trump in groundlessly reject or question the legitimacy of President Joe Biden victory in 2020, with some tried to cancel 2020 results. Such baseless accusations of massive election fraud inspired murder of restrictive new voting laws and led to an increase safety concerns about elections.

Last year, the Ministry of Justice launched a task force refer to rise in threats against election officials and safety preparation already is in full swing for Election day across the country.

In Colorado for for example, state law, the Vote Without Fear Act, prohibits the carrying of firearms in polling stations or within 100 feet. of bulletin drop box. As well as in Tallahassee, Florida officials added Kevlar and bulletproof acrylic shields to the Leon County office said Mark Earley. who runs elections in country.

Samantha Winograd, Division of National Security Assistant secretary for counter-terrorism, threat prevention and law enforcement, on Monday said the agency is “certainly very focused on what we consider to be an incredibly heightened threat environment”upcoming of November elections. She cited conspiracy theories circulating online and history of extremist groups in United States as reason for anxiety.

“We know what is the historical background for associated with violence with elections,” Winograd said. former A CNN employee speaking at the 2022 National Security Enterprise Forum. “At the same time, any with Twitter account or Facebook account, or who watching over news knows that countless conspiracy theories continue to circulate with various stories related with false electoral claims.

Amid the threat, she said that DHS and its Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security in in particular, it works to protect the election security infrastructure.

FBI and sheriffs representing some of Meanwhile, America’s largest counties discussed the possibility of disinformation fueling polling station violence during midterm elections, spokesman of The Sheriff’s Association told CNN.

Briefing last week covered how law enforcement can balance supporting security needs of election officials without risking intimidating voters, beingout in force near polling stations, said Megan Noland, executive director of Major County Sheriffs of America, which represents the 113 largest sheriff’s offices. in country. Recent side observation private citizens of vote drop boxes were also discussed, Noland said.

Neil Kelly, former elections official who also presented at the briefing, told CNN that the potential for opposition in the elections drop boxes an’ that’s what we are need watch.” FBI declined to comment on briefing.

The FBI, according to Kelly, gave an overview of the threat environment facing election officials.

“The whole idea was to give [sheriffs] idea on how they can cooperate with their election officials because there aren’t many of them of it’s happening all over the country.” – Kelly former major elections official of Orange County, California said of his presentation. Large districts have of that cooperation is between police and election commissions, but smaller ones often don’t, he said.

One of the ideas discussed at the briefing was to give the patrol list of elections criminal codes they could keep in their pockets when responding to any incidents on Election day, Kelly told CNN.

“If you call 9-1-1 on Election day as an official election is already too late,” he said.

This story was updated with additional information Monday.

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